Houston Fire Department
Engineer/Operator - 2018
Sample Test

DPD LT 2020 Sample Test

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

Each question in this sample test is based on one of the sources in the Official Book List for the Engineer/Operator'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 Engineer/Operator'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.

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


Questions 1-4 are taken from Brannigan's Building Construction for the Fire Service, 5th edtion and are to be answered in accordance with this text.

1. An external force that acts on a structure is called a load. The internal forces that resist the load are called:

A. compression and tension.
B. resistance and reaction.
C. stress and strain.
D. pressure and contraction.

p. 13; col. 2, para. 2

2. For most toxic materials, the toxic effect is a product of concentration and:

A. flammability.
B. avenue of exposure.
C. dispersal pattern.
D. exposure time.

p. 129; col. 2, para. 4

3. Which of the following statements about Ordinary Construction is correct?

A. As a general rule, there is no effective fire separation within the ordinary construction building, either from floor to floor or within floors.
B. The use of composite walls has greatly reduced the lateral fire spread problem in masonry buildings.
C. The collapse potential of buildings of ordinary construction surpasses that of all other construction types.
D. There is no longer any limit to the height of ordinary construction buildings.

p. 245; col. 2, para. 3

4. Tying steel units together means that if one part of the building is distorted by fire, torsional or eccentric loads beyond the designed capacity may be placed on the balance of the building. This can:

A. cause pressure on the walls and their eventual collapse.
B. start the progressive collapse of the building, often far beyond the area involved in fire.
C. floor collapse.
D. partial collapse of the smaller frames.

p. 288; col. 1, para. 1

Questions 5-8 are taken from Bucher, Diversity Consciousness, 4th edition and are to be answered in accordance with this text.

5. Dimensions of diversity refer to:

A. the methods used to promote multicultural cooperation.
B. specific traits viewed as distinguishing one person or group from another.
C. the extent to which a population or group is integrated racially, culturally and by gender.
D. the degree to which individuals accept the racial, cultural and gender differences among other individuals in their school, workgroup, neighborhood, etc.

p. 20; bottom

6. Managing diversity does not imply control or manipulation, it means:

A. ensuring that employees receive diversity training.
B. developing an environment that celebrates the unique cultural heritage of employees.
C. creating an environment that enables everyone to contribute their full potential.
D. having procedures in place to resolve conflict and align the goals of individuals with those of the organization.

p. 50; #5

7. Which of the following views of prejudice makes it easier to examine ourselves and allows us to begin to realize that uncovering prejudice in ourselves does not make us bad people?

A. Prejudice is universal.
B. Prejudice is something that each of us learns.
C. Prejudice is based on a lack of experience.
D. Prejudice is only one part of a person's personality and need not define him or her.

p. 73; para. 6

8. There is a growing body of literature on multicultural or inclusive communication. The author offers eleven strategies for communicating in a way that makes people feel included rather than excluded. The first priority is:

A. listen actively.
B. think before you speak.
C. address people the way they want to be addressed.
D. do not judge others.

p. 145; #1

Questions 9-10 are taken from Evidence-Based Practices for Strategic and Tactical Firefighting, and are to be answered in accordance with this text.

9. Modern houses are larger, have more open spaces, and are constructed to be energy-efficient. The result is:

A. a house that is more tightly sealed.
B. houses require greater quantities of water to control fire in every phase of fire development.
C. a need to rely more frequently on extinguishing agents other than water.
D. the development of new strategic objectives.

p. 4; col. 1, para. 2

10. Fire spread is largely a(n)______ phenomenon.

A. time-temperature
B. pressure-driven
C. heat-fuel-oxygen
D. oxygen determined

p. 6; col. 1, para. 2

Questions 11-14 are taken from Fire Service Personnel Management, 3rd edition and are to be answered in accordance with this text.

11. A fire officer shares power and information, solicits input, and rewards people based on performance. This refers to:

A. performance-based management.
B. positive discipline.
C. professional development.
D. empowerment.

p. 50; para. 6

12. A major challenge for the performance appraisal systems is to define performance standards while maintaining objectivity. The focus of performance appraisal systems is on:

A. evaluation and development.
B. coaching and counseling.
C. justifying employer actions.
D. meeting personal and organizational goals.

p. 203; para. 4

13. The overall goal of progressive discipline is to put the employee on notice and to:

A. preserve the self-esteem and positive attitude of the employee.
B. avoid the more costly and time-consuming process of personnel hearings and appeals that typically accompany suspensions and other severe disciplinary actions.
C. ensure that all minor, moderate and serious infractions or violations are treated in the same manner.
D. correct problems at an early stage, before more severe discipline is necessary.

p. 234; para. 5

14. Which of the following is recommended to provide upward mobility for the careers of women and minorities who have less access to career-enhancing experiences than do majority members?

A. Quotas.
B. Tuition reimbursement programs.
C. Mentor programs.
D. All of the above.

p. 354; para. 5

Questions 15-20 are taken from HFD Guidelines and are to be answered in accordance with these documents.

15. At a high-rise incident, under what conditions is it acceptable to hook up on the fire floor?

A. While in the investigative mode only.
B. If the fire is small and its location is known.
C. For overhaul operations only.
D. Under no conditions is it acceptable to hook up on the first floor.

II-05, High-Rise Firefighting, p. 9; 6.02 (B)(7)(a)

16. The partition of an incident into geographical areas of operation is:

A. a division.
B. a group.
C. a section.
D. a task force.

II-06 IMS; p. 3, 3.17

17. First Responders Operational (FRO) who respond to releases or possible releases of hazardous materials are trained to:

A. recognize hazardous materials' presence, protect themselves, call for trained personnel, and protect the area.
B. control the release using specialized control equipment and/or techniques.
C. provide technical advice on the control and mitigation of hazardous materials incidents.
D. respond in a defensive fashion to control the release from a safe distance and keep it from spreading.

II-15, Hazardous Materials; p. 2, 3.10

18. Which of the following statements is correct about individual firefighters and company officers when a May-Day situation is reported?

A. Maintain communication with the RIT.
B. Remain committed to their previous assignment, unless otherwise directed.
C. One crew member should shine their hand light to either locate the downed or missing firefighter or be visible to the downed or missing firefighter.
D. All of the above.

II-42, May-Day; 6.08 (C)(1)

19. The purpose of resetting the fire is to:

A. control the direction of the flow path.
B. control the duration and nature of thermal decomposition.
C. reduce or eliminate thermal production to the point that rollover and flashover are stopped or prevented.
D. direct smoke and heated gases through a single, nearby opening to the exterior of the structure.

II-47, Structure Fire Incidents; p. 5, 3.14

20. HFD is permitted to use and disclose PHI without written authorization, or opportunity to object in certain conditions:

A. for the treatment activities of another healthcare provider.
B. to a family member, relative or a close personal friend.
C. in situations where the patient is not capable of objecting, because they are not present or due to their incapacity or medical emergency.
D. All of the above.

III-02, HIPPA; p. 15, 6.03 (E)

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