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 1-5 are taken from Norman, Fire Officer's Handbook of Tactics, 4th edition, and are to be answered in accordance with this text.
1. The deciding factor in determining tactics and procedures must be:
A. water supply.
p. 11; col. 1, para. 4
2. The number of personnel
on hand, the height and area of the structure, the location of the fire,
and the distraction of other operations all influence the time it takes
to position a hoseline. Get the first line in place:
p. 51; col. 2, para. 2
3. To avoid stretching short, you must stretch enough hose to cover the entire fire area and often the floor above the fire. A good rule of thumb is to have enough hose equal to:
A. the width, plus the depth,
plus the height of the building.
p. 52; para. 1
4. The biggest difference in fire operations in garden apartments and townhouse buildings from other apartment buildings is:
A. the heavy prevalence of
lightweight combustible construction.
p. 408; col. 1, top
5. In store fires, when it is clear that there is heavy fire traveling in the cockloft, the emphasis should be on:
A. overwhelming the fire with
800-1000 gpm or more.
p. 429; col. 2, para. 2
Questions 6-7 are taken from Schottke, Evidence-Based Practices for Strategic and Tactical Firefighting and are to be answered in accordance with this text.
6. 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
7. 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 8-10 are taken from Effective Supervisory Practices and are to be answered in accordance with this text.
8. Ethics is a standard of conduct for professional and personal behavior based on:
A. moral standards.
p. 33; para. 1
9. A goal is a target that defines an outcome to be achieved. The most useful goals are clear, challenging, and:
p. 52; para. 2
10. The Performing Stage in team development is when:
A. the group has embraced its
value structure to govern behavior, and members accept the rules and standards
management has presented to them.
p. 109; 2nd Bullet
Questions 11-15 are taken from Building Construction Related to the Fire Service, 4th edition, and are to be answered in accordance with this text.
11. A fundamental fire concern with Type III construction is:
A. lightweight construction
p. 49; para. 1
12. A structural member that carries loads perpendicular to its longitudinal dimension is:
A. a column.
p. 79; para. 2
13. Fire doors are rated in increments of time from:
A. twenty minutes to four hours.
p. 152; para. 2
14. The characteristic of steel that is most significant to the fire service is:
A. its high heat conductivity.
p. 242; para. 4
15. Which of the following statements about Photovoltaic Roofs is correct?
A. The only safe way to ensure
the panels are not charged is to break them.
p. 301; last para.
Questions 16-20 are taken from the Houston Fire Department Guidelines and are to be answered in accordance with these documents.
16. When a Houston Fire Department unit is sent to a location and that location is discovered to be outside the city limits, the Houston Fire Department officer will notify OEC as soon as the company crosses the city limits. If the department with jurisdiction is not on location, the Houston Fire Department company will:
A. immediately notify OEC for
I-09 Mutual Aid; p. 4, 6.04 (B)(1)(4)
17. 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)
18. Which of the following is not a member of the General Staff in the Incident Management System?
A. Liaison Section Chief.
II-06, Incident Management System; p. 4, 3.23
19. Supervisors will forward completed HFD Form 40 (HFD Chemical Exposure Notification Form) to the Risk Management Office within ______ of the exposure.
A. 2 hours
II-27, Chemical Exposure Evaluation; p. 3, 5.03 (B)
20. The initial assessment during hurricane operations shall be of:
A. the fire department personnel,
equipment and facilities.
II-33, Hurricane Guidelines; p. 7, 6.14 (A)(1)
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