HFD Captain - 2018
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 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.

The test preparation workshop for the Captain's Examination will consist of five original practice tests averaging 100 questions. Three of the tests will be administered in class under realistic test conditions and two tests will be given via the Internet.

For more information write to or call 303-322-6890 or 800-664-8518.

There is a link to the Answer Key following the last question.

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.
B. personnel resources.
C. the incident action plan.
D. life hazard.

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:

A. to cool the room that contains the fire.
B. as soon as the line can be charged.
C. between the fire and a safe way out of the fire building for firefighters.
D. between the fire and occupants as soon as possible.

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.
B. the width, plus the height of the building.
C. the width, plus the depth of the building.
D. the width, plus the depth, plus one length of hose for each floor above or below the level of the floor the fire is on.

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.
B. the extended cockloft.
C. getting enough water onto the fire through long stretches of hoseline.
D. the difficulty in quickly getting engine companies close to the fire.

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.
B. determining the direction of potential spread.
C. getting a ladder tower or elevating platform above the fire.
D. getting ahead of the fire and working back.

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.
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

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.
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 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.
B. the law.
C. tradition.
D. shared values.

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:

A. attainable.
B. measurable.
C. visionary.
D. concrete.

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.
B. the group is performing the tasks needed to accomplish goals, but there is minimal coordination and cooperation. They are just "getting by."
C. the group moves to accomplish goals through sustained and continuous cooperative activity.
D. all members know and accept their assigned or adopted roles in the group.

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 materials.
B. the open floor plan.
C. the combustible concealed spaces created between floor and ceiling joists and between studs in partition walls.
D. the air-tight construction created by the masonry walls that often results in rapid heat buildup and backdraft conditions.

p. 49; para. 1

12. A structural member that carries loads perpendicular to its longitudinal dimension is:

A. a column.
B. a beam.
C. a truss.
D. a post.

p. 79; para. 2

13. Fire doors are rated in increments of time from:

A. twenty minutes to four hours.
B. one hour to two hours.
C. one hour to four hours.
D. one hour to six hours.

p. 152; para. 2

14. The characteristic of steel that is most significant to the fire service is:

A. its high heat conductivity.
B. its greater weight relative to other materials, especially supports.
C. the deterioration of strength at elevated temperatures.
D. the spar-applied coatings will deteriorate and fail over time.

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.
B. Do not go onto a photovoltaic roof until the power to the units is shut off.
C. The energy feed to photovoltaic cells cannot be isolated or shut off
D. Disabling one photovoltaic panel on a roof will disable all of the panels connected to it.

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 advice.
B. take the appropriate actions to mitigate the emergency and notify OEC of these actions.
C. contact the communications center of the department with jurisdiction.
D. await instructions from an Houston Fire Department District Chief.

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.
B. move to the closest tenable position to the Fire Attack Group.
C. remain in the corridor at the stairwell door on the fire floor.
D. position near the command post.

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.
B. Operations Section Chief.
C. Planning Section Chief.
D. Logistics 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
B. 8 hours
C. 24 hours
D. 5 days

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.
B. the immediate neighborhood.
C. target hazards.
D. hospitals and nursing homes.

II-33, Hurricane Guidelines; p. 7, 6.14 (A)(1)

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