Can You Pass a Firefighter Entrance Exam?

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Can You Pass a Firefighter Entrance Exam?
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About This Quiz

Have you ever dreamed of wearing a firefighting uniform? Or have you ever wondered what really takes to become a firefighter? Becoming a professional firefighter is probably one of the most difficult career ambitions you can have. Not only does it require physical strength, but mental fortitude is also a big part of this unique role. To top it off, you have to have pretty extensive knowledge about a lot of things. Every day, firefighters face situations in which they have to think quickly and not hesitate to take action. After all, they are responsible for the lives of others.

When looking to become a professional firefighter, you will go through a series of exams. These will test several of your skills, including your emergency medical care knowledge, fire science basics, mathematics and on-the-job scenarios.

It is a pretty competitive role. Employment of firefighters is projected to grow seven percent in the next few years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Do you have the passion, commitment, dedication and determination to earn the badge of a firefighter? Take this quiz and find out!

“PASS” is an acronym for which of the following?
Pull. Aim. Squeeze. Sweep.
PASS is an acronym to remind you to pull, aim, squeeze and sweep when using a fire extinguisher in the event of a fire. Most portable fire extinguishers work according to these directions.
Plan for Achieving Self-Support
Personal Alert Safety System
Procurement Automated Source System

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What’s the normal infant breathing rate?
Between 10 and 40 breaths per minute
Between 30 and 60 breaths per minute
An infant’s respiratory rate is an important assessment that should be made early in the primary assessment process should the infant be saved from a fire. The normal breathing rate of an infant ranges between 30 and 60 breaths each minute.
Between 18 and 30 breaths per minute
Between 12 and 60 breaths per minute

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“CPR” is an acronym for which of the following?
Calibration Problem Report
Crash Pulse Recorder
Civil Procedure Rules
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
CPR is an acronym for cardiopulmonary resuscitation. This is an emergency procedure during which a person creates artificial circulation through chest compression, pumping blood through the heart and by breathing for the victim via artificial respiration.

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What’s the normal adult breathing rate?
Between 10 and 40 breaths per minute
Between 18 and 30 breaths per minute
Between 12 and 60 breaths per minute
Between 12 and 20 breaths per minute
The normal breathing rate for an adult is 12 to 20 breaths per minute. Anything under 12 or above 25 breaths per minute while resting is considered irregular.

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“Hazmat” is an abbreviation for which of the following?
Hazardous waste
Hazard
Hazardous material
Hazmat is an abbreviation for hazardous materials. These include toxic materials that pose a threat to humans or the environment.
Hazardous materials table

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Which artery should first responders use to check the pulse rate of a responsive infant?
Radial artery
Carotid artery
Brachial artery
The brachial artery's pulse can be felt on the elbow's front side. This is why you check your blood pressure, by placing the pressure meter in that area.
Femoral artery

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What’s the normal pulse range for adults and adolescents?
30 to 60 beats per minute
60 to 100 beats per minute
A normal pulse rate for a healthy adult at rest ranges from 60 to 80 beats per minute. Women tend to have faster pulse rates than men.
Less than 30 beats per minute
Over 100 beats per minute

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“SCBA” is an acronym for which of the following?
Social Cost-Benefit Analysis
Small Cable Business Association
Self-Consistent Born Approximation
Self-contained Breathing Apparatus
SCBA is an acronym for self-contained breathing apparatus that supplies a firefighter with breathable air when they are in a toxic atmosphere. It can also be referred to as an air pack.

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What functional status does blood pressure provide?
The circulatory system
Blood pressure measures the force the blood exerts on the walls of arteries. Therefore, when checking the blood pressure, this provides a functional status of the circulatory system.
The central nervous system
Brain function
The lungs

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“PPE” is an acronym for which of the following?
Power Processor Element
Personal Protective Equipment
PPE is an acronym for personal protective equipment. It is the special clothing firefighters wear to protect themselves from smoke, heat and flames.
Preparticipation Physical Evaluation
Paper. Print. Environment.

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What’s the normal blood pressure range for adults?
Greater than 170/120
150-70/90-120
100-150/60-80
Knowing the blood pressure can give an accurate reading of the circulating blood on the walls of blood vessels. This can help save a victim’s live.
80-110/40-60

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High blood pressure is not associated with which of the following?
Hypotension
High blood pressure is associated with a lot of things, except hypotension. Hypertension is the associated term.
Kidney malfunction
Obesity
Stress

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“PAT” is an acronym for which of the following?
Process Action Team
Physical Ability Test
PAT is an acronym for physical ability test. This is a timed exam that evaluates the physical fitness of candidates, including strength, endurance and flexibility.
Portable Appliance Test
Pre-Admission Testing

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What’s the name of the medical technique used by first responders to remove a stuck object from the throat of a conscious victim?
Finger sweep
Push and pull
Abdominal thrust
This is a first aid procedure used when a victim is chocking. Locate the navel, make a fist with the other hand, above the navel and below the tip of the breastbone. Finish with upward thrusts to expel the object stuck in the airway.
Head tilt-chin lift

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What procedure should first responders NOT use to remove a stuck object from the airway of a conscious infant?
Deliver five back blows with the heel of one hand
Apply chest compressions using the heel of one hand
An infant’s chest is still developing. Using force, even with the heel of one hand, could be too abrupt for a small body.
Shift the infant to a supine position on your arm
Place the infant face-down while holding on your arm

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What’s a common and relatively safe rescue breathing technique firefighters use today?
Mouth-to-nose resuscitation
Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation
Mouth-to-mask ventilation
Today, mouth-to-mouth ventilation is a common practiced used by firefighters during emergency situations. Before performing this, skills must first be practiced on a mannequin for CPR practice.
Mouth-to-mouth respiration

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What is the rescue breathing rate for an adult victim?
One second per breath
Two seconds per breath
Three seconds per breath
This technique requires the rescuer to breathe for the person. This prevents brain damage and, ultimately, death.
Four seconds per breath

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When a patient doesn’t have a pulse, what’s the first thing a responder should do?
CPR
The first thing a responder should do when encountering a victim without a pulse is provide CPR. Immediate CPR can help increase the chance of survival.
Back blows
Abdominal thrusts
Finger sweeps

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How quickly do brain cells begin to die without oxygen?
One to two minutes
Two to four minutes
Four to six minutes
The brain can survive for up to six minutes without oxygen. After this time frame, the brain begins to die.
Eight to twelve minutes

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On what victims should first responders administer CPR?
Broken bone victims
Hemorrhaging victims
Eye injury victims
Cardiac arrest victims
CPR should be administered by first responders on victims of cardiac arrest. This procedure combines chest compressions with artificial ventilation in order to help the brain function until more help arrives to the scene.

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On what victims do first responders usually NOT use the automated external defibrillator (AED)?
Adults
Senior citizens
Children younger than 8 years old
Infants younger than 1 year of age
The AED is usually not utilized on infants younger than 1 year of age. This equipment is too severe for a small, fragile body such as that of an infant.

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What technique is performed during a log roll of a victim with a possible neck injury?
Lift the arms and shoulders of the victim
Use the head tilt-chin lift technique
Provide rescue breathing
Use manual head stabilization
If a victim has sustained a suspected neck injury, the manual head stabilization technique should be performed. This will position the victim’s head in line with the body.

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What do you call the stretcher used to remove a victim vertically from a confined space?
Basket stretcher
A basket stretcher is used to vertically remove a victim stuck a confined space. This protects the patient from lateral collisions.
Wheeled stretcher
Scoop stretcher
Portable stretcher

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What is the middle layer of the skin known as?
Muscle and bone layer
Subcutaneous layer
Dermis layer
The middle layer of the skin is known as the dermis layer. Hair follicles, sweat glands and more are present in this layer.
Epidermis layer

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If a victim sustains burns to the hand or feet, what should you separate the fingers or toes with?
Bandages
Dry, sterile dressing
If a victim has hand or feet burns, you should separate fingers and toes with dry, sterile dressing. These are easy to take care of and change.
Splints
Ice packs

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When using the rule of nines, how much does the head of an adult account for when determining the extent of a burn?
1 percent
9 percent
The head of an adult accounts for 9 percent of the body when determining the extent of a burn using the rule of nines. That’s still a big chunk.
18 percent
25 percent

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Which of the following is not a sign of a heat stroke?
Seizures
Cold skin
Cold skin is not a sign of a heat stroke. In fact, you’re likely to have dilated pupils or seizures if you experience a heat stroke.
Dilated pupils
Inconsistent breathing and pulse

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At what minimum moisture percentage would wood be very difficult to ignite?
26 percent
11 percent
Wet wood is generally more difficult to ignite then dry wood. At a minimum, wood that has a moisture content rising above 11 percent is very difficult to ignite.
6 percent
15 percent

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What is an example of plant fiber?
Mohair
Mohair is an example of plant fiber. This is important to create fabric that protects firefighters.
Rayon
Polyester
Wool

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What type of fuels are combustible metals classified as?
Class A
Class C
Class D
Combustible metals are classified as Class D fuels. As an example, these include titanium, magnesium, aluminum and potassium.
Class K

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What type of fuels are liquids that burn classified as?
Class A
Class B
Liquids that burn are classified as Class B type of fuels. Examples of these include petroleum greases, tars, oils, oil-based paints and alcohols.
Class D
Class K

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At what flash point is a liquid classified as a combustible?
Less than 70°F
Less than 100°F
100°F or more
A liquid is classified as a combustible if it has a flashpoint of 100ºF or more. This ranges all the way up to 200°F.
102°F or more

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What type of gas is helium an example of?
Toxic
Inert
Helium is an example of an inert gas. Other noble gasses are Xenon and Neon.
Flammable
Reactive

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Which of the following can you identify as an example of a reactive gas?
Fluorine
Argon
Argon is an example of a reactive gas. This, too, is a noble gas and it is the third most abundant in our Earth’s atmosphere.
Nitrogen
Hydrogen cyanide

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What is conduction?
The transfer of heat energy through a circulating medium
The transfer of heat energy through a solid via molecular motion
Conduction is the transfer of heat energy through a solid via molecular motion. In conduction, energy still flows through a material without it moving at all.
The transfer of heat energy through infrared/ultraviolet rays
The transfer of heat energy through water

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