Austin Fire Department
Fire Lieutenant 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 Lieutenant'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 Lieutenant'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 1-7 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. In order to allow measurement of progress, companies and teams must provide benchmark information to the officer issuing the assignment. Information that should be communicated includes: assumption or acknowledgment of assignment; completion of assignment; inability to complete assignment; any significant delay in completing assignment; and:

A. tactics employed in carrying out assignment.
B. the need for more resources to complete an assignment.
C. description of conditions upon completion of assignment.
D. condition of personnel upon completion of assignment.

A101.4, Fireground Operations: p. 13, (IV)(I)(1)(a)

3. Primary search includes both the search for victims and:

A. avenues for ventilation.
B. controlling avenues of egress.
C. evacuation of victims.
D. the search for fire extension.

A101.4, Fireground Operations; p. 18, (IV)(J)(2)(a)(iii)

4. 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)

5. 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)

6. Except in rare circumstances, fire cut-off on floors above the origin floor of a high rise building should not be undertaken unless the fire below is under control. An exception may be made when:

A. sprinklers are in operation on the origin floor.
B. horizontal ventilation operations on the origin floor are underway.
C. attack stairwells are clear of occupants.
D. there is more than 5,000 square feet involvement on the fire floor.

TM, High Rise Operations; p. 9, (3.0)(F)(Note)

7. 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 8-11 are from Ward, Fire Officer Principles and Practice, 3rd edition, and are to be answered in accordance with this text.

8. A mayday requires a complex response from the company operating within a hot zone or burning structure. The first obligation is to:

A. account for all firefighters within the IDLH.
B. supplement the rapid intervention team.
C. maintain radio discipline so that command can determine the mayday location and situation.
D. implement SOPs.

p. 133; col. 1, para. 2

9. When the fire has consumed all of the oxygen but has retained its heat and still has fuel available to it, it has entered the smoldering/decay phase. Pre-incident plans for this phase should include:

A. how the building would be ventilated when this situation is encountered.
B. plans on how to continue the offensive attack on the fire.
C. how the water supply will be augmented to attack the high heat conditions.
D. plans for containment of the fire.

p. 246; col. 2, para. 1

10. Recent full-size fire experiments have shown that modern fires are:

A. ventilation limited.
B. fuel limited.
C. dynamic.
D. flame driven.

p. 340; col. 1, bottom

11. ______ is the volume between an inlet and an exhaust that allows the movement of heat and smoke from a higher-pressure area within the fire area toward lower-pressure areas via doors, windows and other openings.

A. A pressure channel
B. A pressure gap
C. A vector
D. A flow path

p. 342; col. 1, para. 1

Questions12-14 are taken from Effective Supervisory Practices, 5th edition and are to be answered in accordance with this text.

12. As a supervisor you have three primary sources of influence: Role, Reputation; and:

A. Behavior as a leader.
B. Ethics.
C. Values.
D. Vision.

p. 20; para. 2; p. 22; para. 2

13. A target that defines an outcome to be achieved is a goal. The final step in VISTA goals is to:

A. revise existing goals and set new goals.
B. obtain feedback from those responsible for achieving the goals.
C. set a realistic time frame for the accomplishment of goals.
D. establish measures to gauge progress toward the outcome.

p. 53; para. 5

14. Regarding the rating scale or assessment instrument your organization uses, the bottom line is:

A. the reliance on observable and quantifiable data.
B. the use of individual benchmarks for each employee being evaluated.
C. you and the person you are evaluating clearly understand and share the same job performance expectations.
D. you have completed a certified training program on the use of the evaluation instrument.

p. 194; para. 4

Questions 15-17 are taken from 25 to Survive: Reducing Residential Injury and LODD and are to be answered in accordance with this text.

15. The premise of this book is to reduce the risk of injury and death. Proper preparation is the beginning of it all. Preparation leads to:

A. well-earned confidence.
B. teamwork.
C. unimpaired judgment.
D. the formulation of a plan.

p. 56; col. 2, last para.; p. 57; col. 2, para. 3

16. The on-scene report sets the initial tone for what was noted as the members arrived. The situation report will solidify that initial information and/or:

A. make companies aware of any other potential problems or concerns that may affect the operation.
B. determine overall strategy.
C. recommend initial assignments.
D. make assignments based on tactical objectives.

p. 129; para. 3

17. The primary objectives of the outside ladder truck team are:

A. forcible entry and exposure protection.
B. coordinated ventilation and ladder placement.
C. size-up and RIT.

p. 230; col. 1, para. 2

Questions 18-20 are taken Barn Boss Leadership and are to be answered in accordance with this text.

18. The Overlearning Theory is defined as:

A. the reliance on learning rather than skills development.
B. the more you know, the more you realize how much more there is to learn.
C. knowledge is indirectly related to action.
D. practice beyond mastery.

p. 11; para. 3

19. Safety comes from being technically competent, physically sound, and:

A. having situational awareness.
B. mutual trust and confidence.
C. cue-based decision-making.
D. the courage to say "No."

p. 96; para. 1

20. A great way for a firefighter to begin to build patterns and stories of how to operate at an incident, without actually being on scene to learn is:

A. behavior modeling.
B. structured learning exercises.
C. scenario-based or tactical decision games.
D. programmed learning exercises.

p. 192; para. 2

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