Each question of this sample test is based on one of the documents in the Official Book List for the 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 Structural Firefighting: Strategy and Tactics, 3rd edition, and are to be answered in accordance with this text.
1. A property with a substantial risk to life and/or property should be the subject of a ______ preincident plan.
p. 68; col. 2, bottom to p. 70
2. Fire departments should survey their response area to determine the location of "green roofs," massive arrays of solar panels, roof-mounted wind turbines, and other green construction. If such structures are found:
A. pre-fire inspections should
be conducted, even in single-family dwellings.
p. 92; col. 1, para. 3
3. The most common operational error at properties protected by an automatic sprinkler system is:
A. the failure to ventilate.
p. 245; col. 2, top
4. Which of the following is recommended for softening the target in a small residential fire?
A. Applying water to the fire
for 15 seconds prior to making entry or just as entry is made.
p. 296; col. 1, top
Questions 5-7 are taken from Brannigan's Building Construction for the Fire Service, 5th edition, and are to be answered in accordance with this text.
5. In what stage of fire does it spread to adjacent combustible materials?
p. 113; col. 1, #2
6. Which of the following has the highest fire resistance rating?
A. Fire barriers.
p. 153; col. #1, bottom
7. The wood truss floor introduces a catastrophic new dimension into fire suppression in combustible buildings:
A. a truss void.
p. 204; col. 1, top
Questions 8-9 are taken from Evidence-Based Practices for Strategic and Tactical Firefighting and are to be answered in accordance with this text.
8. 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.
p. 4; col. 2, paras. 1, 2; and p. 5, col. 1, para. 2
9. 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.
p. 6; col. 2, bottom to p. 7
Questions 10-13 are taken from Management in the Fire Service, 4th edition, and are to be answered in accordance with this text.
10. In fire departments, productivity usually relates to:
A. the number of emergency
calls made by an individual unit (company), a district or division, or
the entire department.
p. 27; col. 2, para. 4
11. With respect to communications, the ladder of abstraction refers to:
A. terms and concepts that
are specific to specialized areas of knowledge or expertise.
p. 58; col. 1, para. 3
12. The pre-incident planning process involves four steps: information gathering; information analysis; information dissemination; and:
A. feedback on information.
p. 117; col. 2, para. 4
13. To be most useful, learning goals and objectives should be:
A. developed jointly by the
person charged with assisting the learner and the learner.
p. 231; col. 2, para. 2
Questions 14-16 are taken from Engine Company Fireground Operations, 3rd edition, and are to be answered in accordance with this text.
14. Which of the following provides the most efficient means of minimizing friction loss and developing the full potential of both water supplies and pumping capacities?
A. The use of super-pumpers.
page 78; col. 2, para. 2
15. The maximum capacity of a relay operation is determined by:
A. the smallest pumper.
page 80; col. 1
16. The use of spray nozzles adjusted to a fog pattern inside a building should be restricted to:
A. the top floor.
page 91; col. 1, para. 1
17. Before committing firefighters to interior structural firefighting operations, the Incident Commander must:
A. conduct a risk versus benefit
page 124; col. 1, para. 2
Question 18-20 are taken from the HFD Guidelines are to be answered in accordance with these documents.
18. An RIT will be established at every high-rise incident. The RIT will survey a floor for lay-out, and then:
A. remain in the stairwell
on the fire floor.
II-05, High-Rise Firefighting; p. 10, 6.02 (D)(3)
19. The basic configuration of command includes three levels: Strategic; Tactical, and Task. The accumulated achievements of the Task Level should accomplish:
A. the strategy as outlined
in the Incident Action Plan.
II-06, Incident Management; p. 15; 7.03
20. The purpose of resetting the fire is to:
A. control the direction of
the flow path.
II-47, Structure Fire Incidents; p. 5, 3.30
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