HFD Senior Captain - 2015
Sample Test

Following are 20 multiple-choice questions.
Select the best answer for each question.

Each question of this sample test is based on one of the documents in the Official Book List for the Senior Captain's examination. Answer each question based on the text or document from which it was taken. Following each question, in bold face, is the page and paragraph or section from which the question was taken.

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Questions 1-4 are taken from Firefighting Strategies and Tactics, 3rd edition, and are to be answered in accordance with this text.

1. The five major functional areas of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) model (command, operations, planning, logistics, and finance/administration) are designed to:

A. standardize operations.
B. help ensure a manageable span of control.
C. allocate personnel, apparatus, and equipment resources.
D. establish and implement incident priorities.

p. 59; col. 1, para. 2

2. In Recognition-Primed Decision Making, the fireground commander makes a decision based on:

A. feedback from fire company officers.
B. the goals and objectives outlined in the incident action plan.
C. a selection of alternative choices.
D. previous experience.

p. 87; col. 1, top

3. Many firefighters around the country have been killed and seriously injured when they became trapped in a fire's flow path. In the case of wind-impacted fire, the initial tactic may be to:

A. employ a defensive attack.
B. employ horizontal ventilation exclusively.
C. deploy a thermal blanket from the floor above the fire before advancing onto the fire floor.
D. seal the area and utilize an indirect attack.

p. 199; col. 2, bottom to p. 200

4. The strip mall/strip center occupancy may require ______ for ventilation purposes and to stop or reduce the spread of fire.

A. a trench cut
B. several small openings
C. positive pressure
D. the use of natural openings

p. 283; col. 2, para. 4

Questions 5-8 are taken from Fire and Emergency Services Administration, 2nd edition, and are to be answered in accordance with this text.

5. Controlling is one of the management functions. The control process is made up of three steps. Which of the following is not one of these steps?

A. Measuring performance.
B. First-hand observation of performance of job tasks.
C. Comparing performance results to a standard.
D. Taking corrective action to ensure compliance to the standard.

p. 35; col. 2, para. 3

6. Step 1 in creating change is to identify the need for change and create a sense of urgency. Step 2 is:

A. develop a vision.
B. develop short term goals.
C. create a plan.
D. create a guiding coalition.

p. 46; col. 2, #2

7. Acceptance of the new diversity of employees must be supported by:

A. minimum standards of job competencies.
B. affirmative action programming.
C. sensitivity training.
D. the jurisdiction's political leaders.

p. 83; col. 1, para. 2

8. NFPA notes that fire departments should operate on the assumption that prevention of flashover requires a response in less than _____ minutes.

A. 5
B. 10
C. 15
D. 20

p. 103; col. 2, bottom

Questions 9-12 are taken from Principles of Fire Behavior and Combustion, 4th edition, and are to be answered in accordance with this text.

9. Study of the thermal conductivity of various common materials show that:

A. the thermal conductivity of materials is independent of the ambient temperature.
B. the thermal conductivity of a gas decreases with increasing temperature.
C. the thermal conductivity of a metal decreases as the temperature increases.
D. the thermal conductivity of gases is always greater than the thermal conductivity of solids.

p. 63; col. 1, 2nd Bullet

10. ISO 19706 defines a set of phenomenological stages of fire: Nonflaming; Well ventilated flaming; and:

A. Underventilated flaming.
B. Flashover.
C. Transitional flaming.
D. Extensive pyrolysis.

p. 82; col. 2, #3

11. Once flame has progressed a short distance from the source, its rate of flame spread becomes independent of the ignition source, but is dependent on orientation of spread and:

A. degree of radiative preheating.
B. the magnitude and direction of any external air flow.
C. thermal thickness of the solid.
D. All of the above.

p. 143; col. 2, bottom to p. 144

12. For a fire in a building, the plume will impinge on the ceiling, unless the fire is very small or the ceiling is very high. When this happens, the hot gases make a 90-degree turn and spread out radially under the ceiling, forming a:

A. curtain.
B. fire canopy.
C. ceiling jet.
D. flame channel.

p. 214; col. 2, para. 5

Questions 13-15 are taken from Brannigan's Building Construction for the Fire Service, 5th edition, and are to be answered in accordance with this text.

13. In what stage of fire does it spread to adjacent combustible materials?

A. Flameover.
B. Rollover.
C. Free burning.
D. Smoldering.

p. 113; col. 1, #2

14. Which of the following has the highest fire resistance rating?

A. Fire barriers.
B. Fire walls.
C. Fire partitions.
D. Fire dampers.

p. 153; col. #1, bottom

15. The wood truss floor introduces a catastrophic new dimension into fire suppression in combustible buildings:

A. a truss void.
B. suspended ceilings.
C. greater concentration of oxygen.
D. weakened connections to the exterior walls.

p. 204; col. 1, top

Questions 16-17 are taken from Evidence-Based Practices for Strategic and Tactical Firefighting and are to be answered in accordance with this text.

16. Research indicates all of the following except:

A. a typical room-and-contents fire in a standard residential occupancy may use up available oxygen before in reaches flashover.
B. fires fueled by synthetic furnishings contain a much greater fuel load, progress faster, and flashover more quickly.
C. An indirect attack is the only way to provide safety for first-arriving firefighters at a ventilation-limited fire.
D. fires in modern residential occupancies are likely to become ventilation-limited prior to the arrival of the first due fire company.

p. 4; col. 2, paras. 1, 2; and p. 5, col. 1, para. 2

17. While we cannot always say that heat always rises or that fire gases will always move upwards, we can say that:

A. high pressure will always move toward low pressure.
B. high temperatures will always move toward low temperatures.
C. fire spread is determined primarily by heat differential.
D. radiated heat is more lethal than any other kind of heat transfer.

p. 6; col. 2, bottom to p. 7

Questions 18-20 are taken from HFD Guidelines and are to be answered in accordance with these documents.

18. The Fire Attack Group (second and third engines and first ladder) setting up for the fire attack in a high rise shall obtain information regarding fire and rescue priorities, fire location, and alarm panel indications from:

A. Lobby Control.
B. Access Control.
C. The IC.
D. Fire Floor Division supervisor.

II-05, High Rise Firefighting; p. 30, 8.07 (E)(F)

19. Unified Command is used when there is more than one agency department with incident jurisdiction, and:

A. at all incidents.
B. when the incident command system is fully built out.
C. when an incident crosses political jurisdictions.
D. when a single incident commander is responsible for command of all sections.

II-06, Incident Management System, p. 7; 3.62

20. The first-arriving company officer at a Tunnel Rescue incident shall perform Scene preparation and:

A. Scene management.
B. Incident mitigation.
C. Perimeter control.
D. Hazard control.

II-10, Tunnel Rescue; p. 3, 6.01(A)(B)


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