Fire! Fire! Fire! - The Firefighter Knowledge Quiz
By: Heather Cahill
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About This Quiz
Firefighters have quite a tough job to do and have to be prepared, courageous and willing to stop blazes and save anyone involved. It's a lot of pressure and takes a certain type of brave individual to do it. We rely on their professionalism and expertise to help us in our most desperate moments. What would our world be without these incredible heroes?
Firefighters put their lives on the line every day, but there is a lot more to the job than just putting out fires. Do you know what a firefighter has to do at the beginning of every shift? Do you know the positions within a fire station? Can you name the equipment that a firefighter has to use on a daily basis? There's so much to know before getting into the profession! But along the way, firefighters get to make some incredible friends through the colleagues they work so closely with.
Be careful not to sound the fire alarm on this quiz, it's a tough one to beat! So, whether you're an amateur firefighter or a fire chief, you'll have to put your knowledge to the test. Take the quiz to see how much you really know about the firefighting profession!
What do wildland firefighters specialize in?
Testing trees for how dry they are
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.
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.
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.
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.
Is it true or false that as a firefighter, you may get a call while you're sleeping?
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.
As a firefighter, what event must you be prepared for?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Firefighters often work odd shifts. How long do many firefighters have to be on duty typically?
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.
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.
How long does training to become a firefighter usually take?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Is it true or false that you need to have a specialized education in order to become a firefighter?
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.