Fire! Fire! Fire! - The Firefighter Knowledge Quiz

By: Heather Cahill
Estimated Completion Time
5 min
What do wildland firefighters specialize in?
Testing trees for how dry they are
Rescues
Forest fires
Wildlands firefighters often have large, dangerous jobs to tackle with forest fires that can spread very quickly. It's easy for these types of blazes to get out of hand very fast and do a lot of damage.
Finding water sources for the station

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What might firefighters be required to do in order to make their district safer?
Give out fire alarms
Create material on why fires may start
Allow visitors to tour the station
Give fire safety education talks
Fire safety is an important skill to learn for everyone in the world. While firefighters are experts in their field, they are also the perfect candidates for teaching those in their districts or communities how to stay safe.

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When not out on an emergency, what is one task a firefighter may have to complete?
Keeping up with the latest news on fire safety
Fire alarm system repairs
Cleaning tasks
The fire station needs to be cleaned since so many utilize it! Often, when not on the scene you can catch the firefighters taking care of their temporary living quarters.
Online safety courses

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It's important that this is done every time a firefighter starts their shift. What is it?
Check of all of your equipment.
As a firefighter, you'll need to rely on your equipment when you're in the field. If you don't check your equipment before each shift, it could really affect how you perform in the field and risk your safety as well.
Meet with your fire chief.
Ensure that others know that you've started your shift.
Clean your bunk.

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Which of the following is a unit in the fire station?
Emergency Task Force
Radiology Department
Canine Unit
Special Operations
The Special Operations unit does a lot that regular firefighters are not quite required to do. For example, some fire stations have bomb squads while others can have water rescue teams.

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The fire chief's job is to do which of the following?
Work on the fire engines
Send documents to the Chief of Police daily
Communicate with the head of state on all issues
Manage all the workings in the department
A fire chief has a big job that requires making sure that everything in the fire department is going smoothly. This includes the firefighters, paperwork, maintenance and cleaning that must happen on a day-to-day basis.

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Is it true or false that as a firefighter, you may get a call while you're sleeping?
True
When duty calls as a firefighter, it can come at any time of the day. It's the firefighter's job to be prepared at all times when they are on their shift. It's important to be able to get to the scene of the incident as quickly and efficiently as possible.
False

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What is a PASS device used for?
An SOS signal
A PASS device sends out a signal for help when in a dangerous situation. It is a device that is worn by a firefighter to ensure their safety when fighting a blaze.
To get inside locked buildings
Gathering data on a fire
Reviving someone

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As a firefighter, what event must you be prepared for?
Bad weather
No sleep
The possibility of injury
All of the above
In any emergency profession, there is a possibility of witnessing injured or deceased individuals as well as the risk of those factors happening to you as well. A firefighter may have to work through the night with little sleep in stormy weather.

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In addition to working to put out the fire, what is another task that a firefighter might have on the job?
Removing furniture
Busting through doors
Tearing down walls
All of the above
If a person is trapped somewhere, firefighters may have to tear down walls or other objects that could be blocking the way. This is another reason why physical fitness is important for a firefighter.

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When faced with the unfortunate occurrence of finding injured people, what is a firefighter obligated to do?
Administer first aid and emergency medical care
As in any emergency situation, a firefighter's job is to administer emergency care to any injured person they come across. Firefighters are trained in emergency medical techniques for this specific situation.
Call the ambulance
Bring them to the fire station
Take them to the hospital themselves

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Sometimes, firefighters are not called out to a fire at all. What else might a firefighter be needed for?
Reinforcement of traffic violations
Accidents caused by severe weather
Rescues
Rescues are a large part of a firefighter's job as well. Often, they're called out to car accidents and other incidents where the Jaws of Life are required to be used.
Medical Emergencies

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This is often good practice in any job, but extra helpful when you're a firefighter as you don't want to miss a thing. What is it?
Completing your computer work
Attending meetings on time
Sleeping on the job
Arriving half an hour early
Being early to your shift is extra beneficial as a fireman, as it gives you a chance to get the rundown on what happened the night before. You never know when you might need to know some of the information that only the firemen on that shift would know.

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What is a backdraft?
An area filled with too much heat
A large amount of carbon dioxide
An explosive growth of fire
Backdrafts are something that a firefighter has to be aware of. They take place when a fire that is oxygen-deprived gets a dose of oxygen that sends it into an explosion.
A group of firefighters that arrive to the scene later

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There are typically rules on this when becoming a firefighter. What is it?
How your bunk should look when your shift is over
The type of food you can eat
Restrictions on your appearance
There is a restriction on looks for good reason; they're in place to keep you safe. For example, long hair could be dangerous for firefighters in the field, so it may be required that you cut it to a certain length.
Where you store your equipment

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Who do firemen work closely with most times?
Members of the community
Charities
Construction companies and contractors
The police
The police and firefighters find themselves on most of the same emergencies. They have a good relationship that is important to be maintained in order to get their job done.

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What are the "Jaws of Life"?
A term used for firefighters who complete rescues
A term of endearment for the dogs at the station
A device used to free people
The Jaws of Life are important to a firefighter's job as they can save someone's life. They are most often used in the case of car crashes where the people involved are trapped inside.
The remnants of a structure that has been devastated by the flames

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In order to make sure they are well prepared, what might firefighters do to keep very sharp?
Practice fire drills
Meet with other fire stations
Promoting safety
All of the above
Fire drills are important for everyone to practice, especially firefighters. They have to know exactly what they are doing, as they are the professionals that save our lives. It's also important to teach other people your skills to remain sharp.

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Foam is used for which of the following?
Insulation
Covering individuals on the scene who were rescued from a fire
Cooling down the fire
Foam is used to cool down the fire so that it is easier to tackle the blaze. Unlike the water, the foam coats the area, making it harder for the fire to get through and keep growing.
The mattresses in the fire station

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"PPV" stands for what?
Positive Pressure Ventilation
PPV is important to firefighters because it can help them put out the fire a lot faster than usual. It influences the ventilation of the fire and in some way, attacks it.
Pressurized Pump Vent
Perpendicular Pump Ventilation
Planned Practice Vehicle

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What is a forward lay?
The connection from the water supply to the fire
A forward lay is one of the many techniques used to fight a fire. Others include the reverse lay, which is the opposite, and the split lay is another alternative.
A type of building layout
A position within the fire station
A term used for the first firefighter to enter a building

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In the United Kingdom, these firefighters are known as retained firefighters. What does that mean?
They are unpaid.
They are in training.
They are senior firefighters.
They are on call.
Retained firefighters are firefighters who are on call. This type of position doesn't require the individual to be at the fire station when they are on call, but they have to live very close to the station in order to qualify.

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Is it true or false that firefighters have to fill out paperwork from time to time?
True
This is true. A firefighter's job is a lot more than just fighting fires. Often when they're not fighting fires, they're at the station doing their paperwork and filing reports.
False

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A tanker is what?
A fire truck carrying water
Did you know that there are different types of fire trucks? A tanker is the fire truck that carries the water rather than the equipment. The fire engine is the one that brings the equipment, most importantly, the ladders.
Another word for the police
A device for busting down doors
The head firefighter on a job

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You must be good at this in order to be a great fireman. What is it?
Editing papers
Pouring concrete
Working in a team
Teamwork is very important for firefighters, as they always have to work together to efficiently fight a fire. One person can't tackle blazes alone!
Washing dogs

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Firefighters often work odd shifts. How long do many firefighters have to be on duty typically?
24 hours
Typically, a firefighter will work a shift of 24 hours, which would then be followed by 48 hours off. During their shift, they would not go home, but instead live at the fire station for the time being.
8 hours
15 hours
12 hours

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Of the following, which quality should firefighters have in order to be successful in their career?
Bravery
One defining trait of a firefighter is their bravery. It takes true courage to be able to go inside a burning building or other dangerous situation to save the lives of others.
Empathy
Independence
Humility

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What is usually a requirement for being a firefighter?
Great vision and hearing
You need to rely on your senses as a firefighter. Good eyesight and hearing can help you in any situation, but especially in a situation as dangerous as a fire.
Previous experience in rescues
A college level education
Being trained in first aid and CPR

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What must a potential firefighter do in order to be prepared for the job?
Learn the history of firefighting
Understand the dangers of the job
Know how to wire a fire alarm
Keep themselves fit
Staying fit is not only good for your health, but it's important for firefighters due to the physical work that is required. There is a lot of lifting and physical exertion that firefighters have to go through on a daily basis.

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How long does training to become a firefighter usually take?
12-18 weeks
12 - 18 weeks is the typical amount of time it takes to become a firefighter. However, as you progress throughout your career, you can take courses and training in other areas to advance your knowledge and skills.
10 months
3 years
20-25 days

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The battalion chief has an important role. What is it?
To travel with the crew as backup
To send emergency calls to the station
To manage a few stations in the area
A battalion chief is the lowest of the chiefs in firefighting, but they have command over multiple fire stations in an area. They are also the highest commanders of the firefighters on the scene of a fire or emergency.
To report to the police chief

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What does the firetruck carry?
Water
Groceries
Dogs
Ladders
The firetruck is mostly in use for the ladders. It's the vehicle that you'll see the firefighters grabbing their equipment from when they get to a scene, not the one that you'll see them using to put the fires out.

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A fire engineer may have to do which of these tasks?
Take care of the vehicles
The fire trucks are extremely important to keep up with. That's why the fire engineer is tasked with the upkeep and maintenance of all of the vehicles. Often, they'll also be the drivers in an emergency.
Give fire safety talks at schools
Make repairs around the fire station
Sound the alarm when calls come in

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Is it true or false that you need to have a specialized education in order to become a firefighter?
True
False
This is false. All you need to qualify for the position is to be 18 years old and have a driver's license. Of course, there are tests that you'll have to pass in order to make sure that you are fit for the job.

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Thermal imaging cameras are used by firefighters for what?
Projecting how fast the fire is spreading
Mapping out a burning building
Finding the worst affected parts of a burning building
Searching for people or animals
When tackling a blaze, there is always a chance that someone could be trapped inside. These devices make it easier to scan and find them before it is too late.

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