Firefighter Entrance Exam Quiz

By: Kale Havervold

Firefighter Entrance Exam Quiz
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About This Quiz

There is a good chance that when you were growing up, there was at least a small part of you that was interested in becoming a firefighter. These men and women are among the bravest people on the planet and are everyday heroes and leaders in their communities. It's an unconventional job that allows you to really make a difference in the world.

However, being a firefighter is serious business and becoming one takes a lot of hard work and dedications. Of course, you need to be in peak physical condition and strong enough to potentially carry people out of burning buildings. It can take a lot of time to work up the strength and endurance to be successful as a firefighter.

But in addition to the difficult physical examinations and tests, there is also a mental aspect to this job, which involves an exam featuring a series of different questions about medical care, on-the-job scenarios, math, fire science and other information important to firefighting. 

With that in mind, get ready to test your knowledge and see if you've got what it takes (at least mentally) to be a firefighter by taking this firefighter entrance exam quiz!

What is the normal rate of breathing for an infant?
Between five and 10 breaths a minute
Between 20 and 30 breaths a minute
It is incredibly important for firefighters to know this if they save an infant and want to check the baby's breathing.
200 breaths a minute
Fewer than five breaths a minute

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Without oxygen, brain cells begin to die in _________.
10 to 30 seconds
Two to three hours
Four to six minutes
Without oxygen for a few minutes, your brain cells will begin to die. As a result, firefighters need to get oxygen back into the cells as quickly as possible.
A few days

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CPR should be administered if the victim _______.
Has a broken foot
Suffered an eye injury
Bruised their hip
Has suffered cardiac arrest
While all of the listed injuries can be serious, if a victim suffered cardiac arrest, the first thing first responders should do is administer CPR.

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Which of the following is a type of plant fiber?
Cotton
Cotton is produced and picked in fields, while the others come from animals or are produced from other materials. Firefighters need to be aware of different materials and how flammable they are compared to others.
Rayon
Wool
Su

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Liquids that burn are what type of fuels?
Class K
Class A
Class Z
Class B
As a firefighter, knowing the different classes of fires (and what extinguishing agents to use) is incredibly important to saving lives and reducing the damage done by certain fires.

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What is the firefighter's carry?
Draping the victim over your shoulder
In addition to being the preferred tactic to save victims and remove them from dangerous positions, a firefighter's carry is also a wrestling move.
Dragging the victim by their midsection
Piggybacking the victim
Two firefighters carrying the victim by their feet and arms

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What is a large disadvantage of the firefighter's carry?
It is not very sturdy.
The firefighter won't have any free hands.
It can only be used in certain situations.
You might need a second person to help position the victim.
Despite this one disadvantage, a firefighter's carry is a very effective method and is one that allows a firefighter to carry someone out, while potentially having a free hand.

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You shouldn't use water on an electrical fire because ...
It could cause an explosion.
It won't work.
The water could conduct electricity and injure someone.
While it won't always happen, dumping water on an electrical fire has a high chance of shocking someone, which is why those fires should be dealt with using other methods.
It will ruin the electrical systems.

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When you do a preventative fire inspection you should identify yourself as a firefighter to ...
Make sure you can gain entry into the home.
Impress the homeowner.
Clarify the overall nature of the visit.
If you're doing a preventative visit, you likely won't be wearing your fire suit, so be sure to let people know who you are and what you're doing, as they might not know automatically.
All of the above

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What is the leading cause of fire deaths in the USA?
Leaving the stove on
Arson
Candles
Smoking
In addition to causing cancer, smoking is the leading cause of fire deaths in the USA because many people will fall asleep with a lit cigarette or simply put it down without putting it out.

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Why should firefighters wear seat belts when responding to an alarm?
For their own safety
While answering an alarm and traveling to a fire needs to be done fast, firefighters still need to be sure to buckle up and stay safe.
To ensure seat belts don't move around and impede movement
To allow the driver to drive quicker to the alarm
To keep the fire suit in place

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Regarding smoke detectors, people should ...
Never use them
Replace the batteries every week
Turn them off unless they're cooking
Change the batteries twice a year
Smoke detectors are incredibly important, but to ensure they are working their best, you should change the batteries frequently, about twice a year.

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If there is a fire in an apartment building, firefighters will relocate people to a safe area, which is called ...
A safety zone
The safe space
An area of refuge/safe haven
This area can be outside of a building, but there can also be designated spots inside buildings that can act as areas of refuge.
The nearest exit

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Once the initial size-up​ of the fire has been completed, the incident commander should ...
Follow the plan no matter what
Pass the command on to someone else
Ask around to ensure everyone agrees
Continue to watch and revise as conditions change
While it is important to do an initial size-up, it is also important to make sure you have a plan or are ready to react if things change.

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What is the normal rate of breathing for an adult?
Five breaths a minute
12 to 20 breaths a minute
By knowing the average breath rate of an adult, a firefighter will be able to quickly and accurately assess a victim's condition.
60 to 70 breaths a minute
100+ breaths a minute

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Who is responsible for the management of the event and safety of the people involved?
Company officer
Fire chief
Firefighter
Incident commander
While each of the choices has their important role, it is the incident commander who controls each individual event.

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During an inspection, if you are asked a fire-related question to which you don't know answer, what should you do?
Research the answer on the spot and find an answer.
Be honest and say you'll return at a later time with an answer.
You don't want to cease the inspection and go find the answer. But once the inspection is done and you have some time, you can do some digging for them to find an answer.
Tell the homeowner to look up the answer.
Ignore the question.

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If a citizen is complaining, angry or confrontational, what should the company officer do?
Call the police
Report the incident
Ignore them
Remain calm and in control of the situation
Being calm and in control during stressful events is incredibly important as a firefighter or anyone who works in tense situations.

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Fire inspections at businesses should take place at irregular times and in random intervals because ...
It lets firefighters observe the business and individuals in normal conditions
If you schedule these inspections, businesses will know to ensure everything is taken care of and ready for the inspection, even if they don't otherwise exhibit good fire prevention measures.
It allows for better inspection stats
It lets firefighters issue violations
It will hassle business owners

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Which artery should first responders check first on an unresponsive infant?
Femoral artery
Radial artery
Brachial artery
While any artery will give a pulse, checking the brachial artery is the preferred method as it can give the quickest and most accurate response.
Carotid artery

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For flaming combustion to occur, fuels must be in a ...
Liquid state
Chemical state
Solid state
Gaseous state
This is important to know as combustion can be devastating, so you should always be aware of when it can occur and when it cannot.

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What is a normal pulse for adults and adolescents?
10 to 20 beats per minute
30 to 40 beats per minute
200 beats per minute
60 to 100 beats per minute
While the heart rate can change based on many things, the average adult should have a resting rate of around 60 to 100 beats per minute.

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Which is the primary oxidizing agent in most fires?
Oxygen
While we need oxygen to live, it is also incredibly important to ensure fires remain lit.
Nitrogen
Hydrogen
Carbon Dioxide

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Your fire department must do this to be compliant with NFPA 1500.
Use an outside safety consultant
Remain accident-free
Get new equipment every two years
Keep a detailed record of all events, fatalities and more
By keeping a detailed record of all events, you can remain compliant and prove it.

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When using a hose clamp, how far behind the apparatus should it be applied?
10 feet
20 feet
Attaching the clamp any closer or further away from the apparatus could impact how effective and powerful the hose will be.
One foot
80 feet

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Which is among the most important ways for firefighters to prevent injuries?
Always be alert
Have high stress levels
When not working, just relax
Maintain a high level of physical fitness
Firefighters get in a lot of sticky situations and need to be strong and physically fit to handle all that the job can throw at them.

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Which types of valves are used in pumper discharges?
Ball valves
Ball valves are widely used (both in consumer and commercial markets) and are also used in gated wyes.
Butterfly valves
Flapper valves
Gate valves

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When the development of a fire is limited by the supply of air, it is ...
Fuel controlled
Ventilation controlled
If a fire doesn't have a lot of ventilation, it will be limited in its size and will be controlled.
Environmentally controlled
Combustion controlled

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Which is one of the main goals of a building search?
To put out the fire
To save belongings
To locate victims
While putting out a fire is important, finding victims comes first and is the most important thing when searching a burning building.
To learn the layout

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Radio logs are kept in what sort of order?
Chronological
By using chronological order, you can easily search through radio logs to find a desired event because everything is in a logical order.
Numerical
Alphabetical
Statistical

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Many fire departments will monitor these radio frequencies for emergencies?
HAM
CB
Monitoring radio frequencies can help to scope out early reports of fires, which can increase the likelihood that people and property are saved.
VHF
Civil

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Which victim should not be moved with the firefighter's carry?
Someone who is unconscious
Someone with a spinal injury
The firefighter's carry isn't great for those with injuries to their neck or spine, and that is because their body will be twisted and their head will not be supported at all during the carry.
Someone with a broken toe
Someone with minor burns

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Who determines the type of protective gear required at a specific event?
The firefighter
The fire captain
The incident inspector
The incident commander
As you could imagine, the incident commander is in control of a specific incident and will be first in command when it comes to what gear needs to be used. Different fire severity and different locations will call for different types of equipment.

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Radiated heat waves will travel until they are absorbed by ____________.
Metal
Water
Air
This is very important for firefighters to know because knowing how heat waves travel can assist in stopping or containing fires.
A transparent object

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Heat rays travel at the speed of _________.
Light
The speed of light is 299,792,458 metres per second, which is much faster than the speed of sound.
Sound
Gravity
None of the above

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