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Use the information below to answer question 1:

During a building inspection in a multiple dwelling, Firefighter Reed inspected an apartment for the presence of fire safety violations. The layout of the apartment was as follows.

Upon entering the apartment, a hallway ran north from the front door to a window with a fire escape. All of the rooms in the apartment had doors leading into this hallway.

The living room was the first room to the right of the front door. The dining room was next to the living room, with a door connecting the two rooms. The kitchen was next to the dining room, with a door connecting the two rooms. The dining room and the living room had windows facing east, and the kitchen had a window facing north. None of these windows had fire escapes.

A study was the first room to the left of the front door. A child's bedroom was next to the study. The master bedroom was at the end of the hallway with a bathroom between that bedroom and the child's bedroom. There was a door from the master bedroom to the bathroom.

Several days later, the fire company to which Firefighter Reed is assigned responded to a fire in this apartment at 11:15 p.m. Firefighter Reed was ordered to climb the fire escape and to search the apartment for possible victims.

1. If Firefighter Reed starts at the fire escape and attempts to go clockwise through the entire apartment, going into the hallway only as necessary to get from one room to the next, the search will proceed:

A) into the master bedroom, directly to the bathroom, by the hall to the child's bedroom, by the hall to the study, by the hall to the living room, directly into the dining room, directly into the kitchen, back to the fire escape

B) into the study, by the hall to the child's bedroom, by the hall to the bathroom, directly to the master bedroom, by the hall to the kitchen, directly to the dining room, directly to the living room, by the hall back to the fire escape

C) into the living room, directly to the dining room, directly to the kitchen, by the hall to the master bedroom, directly to the bathroom, by the hall to the child's room, by the hall to the study, back to the fire escape

D) into the kitchen, directly to the dining room, directly to the living room, by the hall to the study, by the hall to the child's room, by the hall to the bathroom, directly to the master bedroom, back to the fire escape

Use the information below to answer questions 2 and 3:

In investigating an explosion it must first be determined whether a diffuse or a concentrated explosion has occurred. Diffuse explosions occur as a result of the ignition of natural gas, vapor from volatile liquids, or dust in an enclosed area. Thus, many diffuse explosions occur accidentally. In most cases, a diffuse explosion will create no crater or discoloration. It may or may not be followed by a fire, depending on the conditions at the time of ignition. In a diffuse explosion, the nature of the exploding material may often be determined by examination of the structure. If the explosion was caused by vapors which are lighter than air, such as natural gas, the explosion will tend to push out the walls of the structure near the top causing the ceiling to collapse. An explosion of vapors which are heavier than air, such as gasoline or kerosene, will tend to push out the walls near the bottom.

In a concentrated explosion there is a secondary force following the explosion, known as return force, or implosion. Frequently the explosion merely weakens the structure and the implosion causes it to collapse. High order concentrated explosions result from dynamite, TNT, and similar materials. This type of explosion is distinguished by local shattering and the presence of a crater. When craters are found, all crater materials should be collected, sealed and forwarded to the laboratory for examination. In low order concentrated explosions from such materials as black powder, an investigator should be able to find some unburned explosive that was blown outward from the center of the blast. Fragments of the container or the ignition device may also be found embedded in objects along the leading edge of the explosive force. In investigating all explosions, it is important to provide a careful sketch and photographs of the entire area; and to preserve all evidence from deterioration, change or modification.

2. Which of the following explosions is most likely to be accidental?

A) an explosion where the base of the walls of a structure is blown outward
B) an explosion in which there is considerable shattering of objects
C) when there is considerable structural evidence of implosion effects
D) when a crater area of special damage is found

3. After an explosion in the living room of a residential home, a couch and the floor beneath it are found to be severely damaged. While the windows are blown out and one of the walls slightly caved in, most of the furniture in the room is only moderately damaged. These circumstances suggest that the damage was caused by:

A) a high order concentrated explosion from some material such as dynamite
B) a diffuse explosion resulting from the ignition of a volatile liquid
C) a low order concentrated explosion, probably from a homemade bomb
D) a gas leak in the basement
E) gasoline on the couch

4. A fracture is a broken bone. In a simple fracture, the skin is not broken. In a compound fracture, a broken end of the bone pierces the skin. Whenever a fracture is feared, the first thing to do is to prevent motion of the broken part. Suppose that a firefighter has just tripped on a stairway in the firehouse and twisted his ankle. He says it hurts badly, but you cannot tell what is wrong merely by looking at it. Of the following, the best action to take is to

A) tell the firefighter to stand up and see whether he can walk

B) move the ankle gently to see whether you can feel any broken ends of the bone

C) tell the firefighter to rest a few minutes and promise to return later to see whether his condition has improved

D) tell the firefighter not to move his foot, and put in a call for medical assistance

5. When one of your fellow firefighters has been continually disrespectful to you, you as a firefighter should do which of the following first?

A) tell the firefighter that you deserve the same respect as other firefighters and you will immediately discuss their behavior with a superior officer

B) tell the person on a one-to-one basis how you feel about their disrespectfulness to you

C) if the firefighter continues to be disrespectful, become hostile to him

D) if the disrespectfulness continues, resign as a firefighter and move on to another department

6. During overhaul procedures, firefighters often come across valuable items (including money and jewelry). You are overhauling a bedroom and notice one of your fellow firefighters taking what appears to be an expensive piece of jewelry and putting it in his pocket. Which of the following would be the most correct action to take?

A) immediately go to your supervisor and inform him of what your coworker has done, without first asking for an explanation by the coworker

B) ask your fellow firefighter to explain his actions

C) immediately tell the firefighter that what he has done is dishonest and goes against all professional and ethical firefighter standards

D) don't say anything to the firefighter unless you are approached by the firefighter concerning the incident

Lieutenant Pender made the following comments when discussing bends, knots, and hitches in rope:

1) The bends that a rope undergoes in the formation of a knot or hitch are of three kinds: the bight, loop, and round turn.
2) Knots and hitches are formed by combining these elements in different ways so that the tight part of the rope bears on the free end to hold it in place.
3) The bight is formed by simply bending the rope, keeping the sides parallel; the loop is made by crossing the sides of a bight; the round turn consists of the further bending of one side of a loop.
4) Knots weaken a rope because the rope is bent in order to form the knot and the outside fibers take most of the strain at the bend.
5) The knot that weakens the rope the least is one requiring the least abrupt bending.

7. Lieutenant Pender's discussion would be most effective if the above comments were presented in the following order?

A) 1, 2, 3, 5, 4
B) 5, 4, 2, 1, 3
C) 3, 1, 4, 5, 2
D) 4, 5, 1, 3, 2

8. Firefighter Trundle has just finished re-inspecting six apartment buildings for fire safety violations. This was a follow-up inspection two months after the last inspection. The first building had a smoke detector out of order, seven in order and no other violations. The second building had one violation for having a potted plant on a fire escape and one for having the boiler room door propped open; all smoke detectors and exits were in order. The third building passed fourteen safety checks and had only one violation, the boiler room door was left open. Building inspection records showed that his same violation was found last month. The fourth building had seventeen violations, involving fire escape, smoke detectors, blocked exits, objects stored in hallways, and boiler room not secured. The fifth building passes eleven safety checks, including four smoke detectors, but had two smoke detectors out of order and an open door on the boiler room. The sixth building had no violations at all except that the boiler room door was open. From this, Firefighter Trundle could most reasonably conclude that:

A) even careful landlords do not know that boiler room doors must be kept shut at all times

B) even landlords who know the regulations tend to leave boiler room doors open

C) landlords are more likely to be careless about smoke detectors than about boiler room doors

D) if a building has only one violation it is most likely to be related to a smoke detector

Use the following information to answer question 9:

During the night tour at Engine Company 500, eleven (11) alarms were received between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. The types of alarms and times of occurrences were as follows:

Alarm #1 6:03 p.m. illegally opened hydrant
Alarm #2 6:41 p.m. false alarm
Alarm #3 7:00 p.m. car fire in an abandoned car
Alarm #4 7:25 p.m. garbage can fire
Alarm #5 8:30 p.m. false alarm
Alarm #6 12:18 a.m. fire in a wood frame house
Alarm #7 1:09 a.m. fire in a brownstone apartment
Alarm #8 2:45 a.m. basement fire in a hospital
Alarm #9 5:02 a.m. sprinkler malfunction in an all-night deli
Alarm #10 7:53 a.m. false alarm
Alarm #11 8:29 a.m. food on the stove fire

9. Based on the list of alarms, which one of the following statements is correct?

A) False alarms occur most frequently in the early morning
B) Fires involving victims are most likely to occur in the early evening
C) Severe fires are most likely to occur in the early morning
D) Non-fire related alarms occur more frequently in the evening

List of Hydrants Broken During the Past Year

Type of Hydrant Date Location:
A, B or C Broken In front of

C 1/12 Edgar Winkler Park
B 2/14 apartment house
A 2/26 delicatessen
B 3/15 office building
A 4/12 apartment house
A 6/20 single family dwelling
C 6/23 single family dwelling
A 7/14 fire station
B 7/20 hardware store
A 8/3 funeral home
C 9/13 single family dwelling
C 11/30 supermarket
B 12/6 apartment house
B 12/18 department store

10. Based on the information in the table above, it is most accurate to say that

A) Type A hydrants are broken most often in the winter, and Type B hydrants are broken most often in the summer

B) Type A hydrants are broken most often in the summer, and Type B hydrants are broken most often in the winter

C) Type C hydrants are broken most often in the winter, and Type B hydrants are broken most often in the summer

D) Type C hydrants are broken most often in the winter, and Type A hydrants are broken most often in the summer

11. It takes a crew of 6 firefighters to wash 84 windows at fire headquarters in one day. At the same rate, how many firefighters would it take to wash 140 windows?

A) 12
B) 10
C) 9
D) 8

12. A tank on Engine 37 can be filled by one pump in 50 minutes and by another pump in 60 minutes. A third pump can drain the tank in 75 minutes. If all 3 pumps go into operation, how long will it take to fill the tank?

A) 42 6/7 minutes
B) 35 minutes
C) 38 minutes
D) 39 4/5 minutes

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