Austin Fire Department
Fire Specialist 2017
Sample Test


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

All questions in this sample test are based on the source material on the official reading list for the Fire Specialist's Examination. Answer each question based on the Text, Policy, Procedure or Training Manual from which it was taken. Following each question, in bold face, is the source from which the question was taken.

The test preparation workshop for the Fire Specialist's Test will consist of five original practice tests. Each practice test will consist of 80-120 questions. Three of the tests will be administered in class under realistic test conditions and two will be take-home tests that will be e-mailed to you.

There is a link to the Answer Key at the end of the test.

Questions 1-6 are taken from the AFD Policies and Procedures and Training Manuals and are to be answered in accordance with these documents.

1. The main reason for the second pumping apparatus responding directly to the scene is to position the backup team early in the incident for firefighter safety. The secondary reason is to:

A. set up as a dedicated RIC Engine.
B. cover internal exposures such as interior stairs.
C. assist in search and rescue operations.
D. lay a supply line from a hydrant.

A104.4, Fireground Operations; p. 9, (IV)(G)(1)(b)(i)

2. If at a high rise fire, the sprinkler or standpipe system requires ______ psi or more pressure, water supply to the FDC should be established utilizing threaded 3" supply hose and with two pumping apparatus in a tandem pumping operation.

A. 200
B. 225
C. 275
D. 300

A201.4, SOG, High Rise; p. 4, (IV)(5)(c)(ii)

3. Positive Pressure Ventilation will likely increase the burning rate, so it is critical to:

A. cover exposures.
B. have a backup line in position.
C. coordinate it with fire attack.
D. complete the primary and secondary searches.

A102.1, Ventilation; p. 3, (IV)(H)(2)

4. Class A foam can be used in place of Class B foam on which of the following?

A. Hydrocarbon flammable liquid spills.
B. Polar solvent fuels.
C. Water miscible fuels.
D. All of the above.

A502, Flammable Liquid Fires; p. 2, (III)(E)(2)

5. A deck gun from an engine may reach up to the 9th floor of a building. A solid stream using the 1-3/8 inch tip is recommended. It quickly allows for ______ gpm to be discharged into the fire.

A. 350
B. 500
C. 750
D. 1,000

TM, High Rise Operations; p. 21, (3.04)(b)

6. Due to size and construction of large commercial buildings, it is possible to operate in the defensive mode while still assigning firefighters to positions inside the structure. This most commonly occurs:

A. in warehouses.
B. in high rise structures.
C. in "big box" stores.
D. at strip malls.

TM, Commercial Structure Fires; p. 9 (7.0)(1), last para.

Questions 7-10 are taken from Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator: Pump, Aerial, Tiller, and Mobile Water Supply, 2nd edition, and are to be answered in accordance with this text.

7. On the fireground, when there are multiple hoselines of different size and length, the Driver/Operator should:

A. provide the highest required discharge pressure to all lines.
B. notify the firefighter on the line requiring less discharge pressure of the higher supplied pressure.
C. provide the average of the required discharge pressures.
D. pump to the highest pressure and gate back any lines requiring lower discharge pressures.

p. 129; col. 1, #4

8. Fire streams of less than ______ gpm are generally considered handlines, whereas fire streams of greater flow are considered master streams.

A. 175
B. 200
C. 275
D. 350

p. 131; col. 2, last para.

9. What information is needed to determine available water from a fire hydrant?

A. Static pressure and residual pressure.
B. Pump Discharge Pressure and Total Friction Loss.
C. Friction Loss and Elevation Pressure.
D. Nozzle pressure and Pump Discharge Pressure.

p. 161; col. 2, #s 1, 3

10. Most fire departments specify a collapse zone at a distance of 1-1/2 times the height of the building. Which types of buildings may require a collapse zone that is larger than this?

A. Buildings with bowstring trusses.
B. Buildings above seven stories.
C. Manufacturing facilities.
D. Buildings in strip malls.

p. 230; col. 1, para. 3

Questions 11-15 are taken from The Art of Reading Buildings and are to be answered in accordance with this text.

11. Perhaps the most important part of a building's structural hierarchy is:

A. the roof.
B. beams.
C. columns.
D. load-bearing walls.

p. 42; col. 1, para. 1

12. The primary hazard(s) in Type I buildings is/are:

A. in the contents of the building.
B. backdraft explosions.
C. roof collapse.
D. concealed spaces and voids.

p. 54; col. 2, para. 1

13. Numerous factors need to be considered when making risk and tactical decisions during suppression. The authors suggest a formula that includes the following factors: Era; Use; Type; and:

A. Proximity.
B. Size.
C. Water supply.
D. Built-in fire protection.

p. 88; col. 2, Bullets

14. Which of the following is not cited as a collapse issue of legacy construction?

A. Open spaces.
B. Occupancy shift.
C. Tilt-slab construction.
D. Overloading.

p. 97; col. 2, Bullets

15. Of major importance to fireground personnel with respect to roof-mounted solar panels are the questions of: How much power/amperage do they generate; and:

A. At what angle are the PVs configured on the roof?
B. How long it takes to completely de-energize the PVs?
C. How much do the PVs weigh?
D. What extinguishing agent is most effective if fire breaks through a roof with PVs?

p. 226; col. 1, para. 3

Questions 16-18 are taken from Barn Boss Leadership and are to be answered in accordance with this text.

16. Which of the following best describes the Barn Boss?

A. The individuals that can use their influence to affect positive changes in crews.
B. The individuals that make sure everyone is trained up, squared away, and ready to run.
C. The individuals that are running the station behind the scene.
D. All of the above.

p. 3; para. 1

17. ______ is arguably one of the most important communication benchmarks.

A. Feedback
B. Consistency
C. Brevity
D. Clarity

p. 178; para. 2

18. No matter who we are, how much training or education, how much experience or how many awards we have achieved, we at some point are going to make a mistake. The key is to understand our weaknesses and to:

A. mitigate the consequences of our mistakes.
B. never repeat the same mistake.
C. make every mistake into a teaching moment.
D. remove the stigma from making mistakes.

p. 190; para. 2

Questions 19-20 are taken from Evidence-Based Practices for Strategic and Tactical Firefighting and are to be answered in accordance with this text.

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

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

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

20. Because of the extremely fuel-rich environment found on today's fireground, ventilation that is not preceded by, concurrent with, or immediately followed by effective suppression will:

A. introduce enough oxygen to rapidly bring the fire area to flashover.
B. rapidly threaten the stability of structural members.
C. require a blitz attack.
D. create explosive conditions.

p. 5; para. 3

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