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  • 1. 
    As witnesses in the courtroom, fire inspectors should confine their testimony to:
    • A. 

      Hearsay

    • B. 

      Facts

    • C. 

      Technical terms

    • D. 

      Department policies

  • 2. 
    As advisors, fire inspectors can assist the prosecuting attorney with information about:
    • A. 

      Legal remedies

    • B. 

      Criminal procedures

    • C. 

      Immunity and equivalency

    • D. 

      Fire ordinances and technical terms

  • 3. 
    When the local jurisdiction adopts an ordinance requiring an open burning permit, the inspector should give special attention to:
    • A. 

      A list of individuals, property owners, and businesses that may apply for permits

    • B. 

      What, how and where as well as conditions under which the permit is issued

    • C. 

      Providing a fire watch for all sites to which permits for open burning are granted

    • D. 

      Making clear his/her dissatisfaction with the parameters under which the permit was issued

  • 4. 
    An advantage of having an established plans review process is that:
    • A. 

      It enables discrepancies to be fixed before construction begins

    • B. 

      Inspectors can control the issuance of business licenses

    • C. 

      The inspector can take advantage of the contractor or the occupant

    • D. 

      Construction costs can be estimated more accurately for the occupant

  • 5. 
    An effective plans review process can:
    • A. 

      Increase revenues generated for the inspection bureau

    • B. 

      Improve the image of the fire department

    • C. 

      Cause hostility between fire department and architects

    • D. 

      Cause the city to increase funding for the department

  • 6. 
    When handling complaints, the fire inspector should:
    • A. 

      Only deal with the problem if it is an immediate problem

    • B. 

      Take the complainant's name and phone number and forward the information

    • C. 

      Take and process all pertinent information based on the complaint

    • D. 

      Contact the officer of the engine company in the area of the complaint

  • 7. 
    Dealing with complaints from the public will accomplish all of the following EXCEPT:
    • A. 

      Increase public concern for fire issues in the community

    • B. 

      Resolve personal conflicts between the neighbors

    • C. 

      Find problems of which the inspector might not be aware

    • D. 

      Improve the public's opinion of the fire department

  • 8. 
    The KEY issue in allowing the fire code to be modified is whether the modification:
    • A. 

      Will look appealing to the public

    • B. 

      Will impact the cost of the project

    • C. 

      Will provide equal or greater protection

    • D. 

      Is legal when compared to other buildings

  • 9. 
    If there is a question regarding the requirements in a code that governs judgment in determining equivalency, a fire inspector should:
    • A. 

      Refer to the codes section on alternative methods

    • B. 

      Refer to legal judgments on file with local courts

    • C. 

      Contact another inspection bureau and see what they have accepted

    • D. 

      Not allow modification to the code

  • 10. 
    • A. 

      A list of code citations based on complaints submitted from citizens, contractors, or other sources

    • B. 

      A floor plan of the premises showing the specific location of all notable violations

    • C. 

      Although key elements may vary from inspection to inspection, an escape plan should be essential

    • D. 

      Standard report format should be in written form and include statistical data on the business, pertinent dates, names, and phone numbers, list of violations and recommendations for correction of each violation, and date of follow up inspection

  • 11. 
    A/an _____ should be in written form and include statistical data on the business, dates, times, phone numbers, violations, recommendations for corrections, and follow up inspection date.
    • A. 

      Inspection report

    • B. 

      Code requirement

    • C. 

      Enforcement procedure

    • D. 

      Permit

  • 12. 
    • A. 

      Written reports serve not only as records of an inspection, but may be needed in legal proceedings

    • B. 

      Written correction orders should always include the inspector's personal opinions

    • C. 

      Without written evidence of an inspection, no proof exists that the inspector gave the owner notice of hazardous conditions or corrective measures to be taken

    • D. 

      The inspection report left with the owner should inform, analyze, and recommend

  • 13. 
    Written reports serve not only as records of the inspection, but also can be used as a basis for:
    • A. 

      A formal complaint

    • B. 

      Legal action

    • C. 

      Closing the file

    • D. 

      Inspection drawings

  • 14. 
    • A. 

      The total number of persons that may safely occupy a building or portion thereof at any one time

    • B. 

      The total number of persons that may exit a building

    • C. 

      The total number of persons that may exit areas of concentrated use

    • D. 

      The average number of persons that may exit a building or portion thereof at any one time

    • E. 

      The maximum number of persons that may travel through or exit an occupied space at any one time

  • 15. 
    When determining the occupant load for a multi use building, the fire inspector should determine the occupant load based on:
    • A. 

      The occupancy that has the greatest risk factor

    • B. 

      The occupancy that has the least number of persons

    • C. 

      The occupancy that has the greatest number of persons

    • D. 

      The total area of the building regardless of occupancy

  • 16. 
    • A. 

      Total occupant load is 1,020

    • B. 

      Total occupant load is 791

    • C. 

      Total occupant load is 833

    • D. 

      Total occupant load is 187

  • 17. 
    You are asked to conduct an inspection at your local church.  During the inspection you come across decorations which are used during the services and decide to conduct a field test to check for flammability.  You should:
    • A. 

      Hold a piece of the material with plies above a butane torch flame for two minutes

    • B. 

      Apply a small flame from a common kitchen match to the material for twelve seconds

    • C. 

      Apply a small flame from a match to the material for two minutes

    • D. 

      Heat a sample of the material for one minute in a oven, at 350 degress, then apply a small flame for 30 seconds

  • 18. 
    In which of the following ways does interior finish contribute to fire impact?
    • A. 

      It affects the rate of fire buildup to a flashover condition

    • B. 

      It may contribute to fire extension through flame spread over its surface

    • C. 

      It may add to the intensity of a fire contributing additional fuel

    • D. 

      It may produce smoke and toxic gases that can contribute to life hazard and property damage

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 19. 
    The Steiner Tunnel test measures:
    • A. 

      Flame spread rating

    • B. 

      Smoke developed

    • C. 

      Fuel contributed

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 20. 
    Local codes or ordinances should specify driveway and entrance requirements for a facility based on:
    • A. 

      Previous agreements with other owners

    • B. 

      The number of apparatus that could respond to an emergency

    • C. 

      The largest fire apparatus that will be expected to respond to the occupancy

    • D. 

      The total number of apparatus used by the jurisdiction

  • 21. 
    Driveway width curves and surfaces should be designed:
    • A. 

      To accommodate the turning radius of fire apparatus

    • B. 

      Based on the occupant load of the building

    • C. 

      To accommodate the needs of the street maintenance department

    • D. 

      Based on the number of vehicles the occupant uses during business hours

  • 22. 
    The FIRST design element of a fire department access road surface should be:
    • A. 

      Clear of all debris at all times

    • B. 

      Clear of snow or hazardous conditions

    • C. 

      Wide enough to handle two apparatus side by side

    • D. 

      Strong enough to handle the weight of a fire apparatus

  • 23. 
    A PRIMARY fire hazard associated with most equipment fires is:
    • A. 

      Combustibles are too close

    • B. 

      Improper grounding

    • C. 

      Hazardous chemicals

    • D. 

      Fuel

  • 24. 
    In high rise buildings, enclosed stairwells are designed with ____ and ____ requirements.
    • A. 

      Pressurization and occupancy

    • B. 

      Fire rating and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)

    • C. 

      Fire rating and pressurization

    • D. 

      Egress and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)

  • 25. 
    Construction classifications are based on:
    • A. 

      Regional locations

    • B. 

      Authority having jurisdication

    • C. 

      The materials that are contained in the building

    • D. 

      The materials used in construction of the building

  • 26. 
    Smoke proof enclosures provide the highest degree of fire protection for stair enclosures.  In buildings that are four stories or higher, they must be enclosed from highest point to lowest point by fire barriers.  The rating must be AT LEAST:
    • A. 

      1 hour

    • B. 

      2 hours

    • C. 

      3 hours

    • D. 

      4 hours

  • 27. 
    In new building construction, a door opening serving as a means of egress must be at least _____ clear width.
    • A. 

      32"

    • B. 

      30"

    • C. 

      48"

    • D. 

      36"

  • 28. 
    Fire inspectors can estimate the fire load when conducting inspections of a building.  This information may be used for all of the following EXCEPT:
    • A. 

      Fire extinguisher placement

    • B. 

      Prefire plans

    • C. 

      Occupant load

    • D. 

      Water requirements for automatic sprinklers

  • 29. 
    Draft curtains are sometimes used in large areas of buildings that ARE NOT otherwise subdivided.  The purpose of a draft curtain is to:
    • A. 

      Limit the mushrooming effect of heat and smoke

    • B. 

      Help with the air conditioning needs of the area

    • C. 

      Deflect hose streams into hard to reach areas

    • D. 

      Stop the spread of fire through a fire assembly

  • 30. 
    Carbon dioxide fixed extinguishing systems may be used in areas where fires could occur in:
    • A. 

      Flammable liquids and gases

    • B. 

      Rubber tire storage

    • C. 

      Paper storage

    • D. 

      Combustible metals

  • 31. 
    Dry chemical fixed fire extinguishing systems ARE NOT recommended for use on:
    • A. 

      Flammable liquids

    • B. 

      Flammable gases

    • C. 

      Delicate electronic equipment

    • D. 

      Paper storage

  • 32. 
    • A. 

      Automatic sprinkler sytems, foam systems, carbon dioxide systems, halogenated agent systems, and chemical systems

    • B. 

      Automatic sprinkler systems, factory mutual systems, and UL listed systems

    • C. 

      Wet sprinkler systems, dry sprinkler systems, deluge systems, fire mutual systems, and hazardous substance systems

    • D. 

      Water sprinkler systems, air sprinkler systems, flooding sprinkler systems, and chemical sprinkler systems

  • 33. 
    To ensure that sprinkler systems perform properly during a fire, they require:
    • A. 

      Maintenance, periodic inspection, and FM listing

    • B. 

      Periodic inspection, testing, and UL listing

    • C. 

      UL listing, testing and maintenance

    • D. 

      Periodic inspection, testing and maintenance

  • 34. 
    • A. 

      Rated fire door

    • B. 

      Rated frame assembly

    • C. 

      Latching hardware

    • D. 

      Door closing hardware

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 35. 
    Standard fire doors include which of the following types?
    • A. 

      Horizontal sliding

    • B. 

      Vertical sliding

    • C. 

      Overhead rolling

    • D. 

      Double swinging

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 36. 
    Prior to pumping, the amount of pressure that is expected to be available from a hydrant is called normal _____ pressure.
    • A. 

      Atmospheric

    • B. 

      Operating

    • C. 

      Residual

    • D. 

      Grid

  • 37. 
    • A. 

      Public water supply system

    • B. 

      Gravity tank

    • C. 

      Pressure tank

    • D. 

      Fire department water tanker truck

  • 38. 
    Two causes of increased resistance or friction loss in water mains are:
    • A. 

      Encrustations and conduction

    • B. 

      Sedimentation and encrustation

    • C. 

      Elasticity and conduction

    • D. 

      Sedimentation and elasticity

  • 39. 
    _____ will completely line the interior of a pipe and will gradually cause a restricted diameter.
    • A. 

      Lead deposits

    • B. 

      Sedimentation

    • C. 

      Encrustations

    • D. 

      Mud deposits

  • 40. 
    _____ deposits consist of mud, clay, and dead organisms.
    • A. 

      Valve

    • B. 

      Sedimentary

    • C. 

      Tuberculation

    • D. 

      Encrustation

  • 41. 
    A fire hydrant that receives water from only one direction is called a:
    • A. 

      One way hydrant

    • B. 

      Steamer hydrant

    • C. 

      Circulating feed hydrant

    • D. 

      Dead end hydrant

  • 42. 
    It is very important that, during plans review of a building, the fire inspector is knowledgeable in ______ and _____.
    • A. 

      Sprinkler systems, fire alarms

    • B. 

      Zoning, sprinkler systems

    • C. 

      Fire alarms, zoning

    • D. 

      Planning, fire alarms

  • 43. 
    • A. 

      Corridor, stairs, alley

    • B. 

      Overhead door, non rated corridor, alley

    • C. 

      Through kitchen, corridor, street

    • D. 

      Through mechanical room, fenced in yard, street

  • 44. 
    A means of egress consists of three distinct components:
    • A. 

      Exit access, exit, and exit discharge

    • B. 

      Exit, exit access, and enclosed hallway

    • C. 

      Exit discharge, passage way, and ramp

    • D. 

      Escalator, fire escapte, and stairs

  • 45. 
    When panic hardware is required, occupants should be able to open the door by apply a force of NOT MORE THAN _____ pounds.
    • A. 

      5

    • B. 

      10

    • C. 

      15

    • D. 

      20

  • 46. 
    When illumination of exits is required, it must be continous during occupancy and floors must be illuminated at not less than 1 footcandle lumens (1X) measured at the:
    • A. 

      Floor

    • B. 

      Ceiling

    • C. 

      Wall

    • D. 

      Ceiling and floor

  • 47. 
    When two or more exits from an occupancy are required, they shall be located:
    • A. 

      Remote from each other

    • B. 

      Remote as long as travel distance is not too long

    • C. 

      Remote as to provide same travel distance for 80% of the occupants

    • D. 

      An equal distance from all occupants

  • 48. 
    Cooking equipment must have a clearance of at least _____ inches to any combustible material.
    • A. 

      6

    • B. 

      10

    • C. 

      12

    • D. 

      18

  • 49. 
    It is essential, in order for fire inspectors to be effective, that they know:
    • A. 

      The hazards involving equipment and processes found in their jurisdiction

    • B. 

      All codes involving all types of equipment or processes

    • C. 

      Only the codes based on past problems with which the jurisdiction had dealt

    • D. 

      The hazards involved in industrial occupancies

  • 50. 
    A key element of an emergency plan, common to all types of occupancies is:
    • A. 

      An approved inspector's report

    • B. 

      The need to evacuate the structure in a timely and efficient manner

    • C. 

      Notifying the fire department of any emergency

    • D. 

      Making sure all areas of the building are accessible

  • 51. 
    School fire drilss should be conducted:
    • A. 

      At different times of the day

    • B. 

      Only when it is convenient for the teachers

    • C. 

      At the beginning of classes

    • D. 

      At the discretion of the local fire department

  • 52. 
    Tanks designed to hold large quantities of low pressure gas are built according to standards set forth by the:
    • A. 

      US Department of Transportion

    • B. 

      Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code

    • C. 

      Amercian Petroleum Institute (API)

    • D. 

      American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

  • 53. 
    • A. 

      Storage of cylinders in non ventilated areas

    • B. 

      Securing cylinders properly or using a cap

    • C. 

      Providing a pressure relief device with appropriate settings and adequate pressure relief capacity

    • D. 

      Storing of compatible gases in the same area

  • 54. 
    When referring to the L.E.L. of a flammable or combustible liquid, what does the L.E.L mean?
    • A. 

      Lowest efficiency level

    • B. 

      Lower explosure label

    • C. 

      Lower explosive limit

    • D. 

      Lowest evaporation limit

  • 55. 
    The storage magazine required for black powder and smokeless powder is a Type ____ magazine.
    • A. 

      1

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3

    • D. 

      4

    • E. 

      5

  • 56. 
    Portable tanks with capacity greater than ____ gallons should be treated according to the same standards as fixed tanks.
    • A. 

      60

    • B. 

      120

    • C. 

      240

    • D. 

      660

  • 57. 
    The BEST source of information on a specific hazardous material from the manufacturer is the:
    • A. 

      Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)

    • B. 

      Cost Guard Hazard Response Information System Manual (CHRIS Manual)

    • C. 

      Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF)

    • D. 

      American Association of Rail Roads (AARR)

  • 58. 
    Buildings or structures used primarily for securing and sheltering goods, merchandise, products, vehicles, or animals are classified as ______ occupancies.
    • A. 

      Storage

    • B. 

      Mercantile

    • C. 

      Business

    • D. 

      Warehouse

  • 59. 
    Buildings are classified by _____ according to the type of occupancy or intended end use.
    • A. 

      NFPA 1710

    • B. 

      NFPA 101, Life Safety Code

    • C. 

      NFPA 10, Fire Prevention Code

    • D. 

      ISO Insurance Services Office Code

  • 60. 
    When exits serve more than one floor, an important element in determining the exit capacity is the:
    • A. 

      Maximum square feet per floor

    • B. 

      Overhall height allowable

    • C. 

      Maximum occupant load per floor

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 61. 
    If a building is 80 feet long and 120 feet wide and is used as a dance hall (7sq. ft. per person), the occupancy load for the building is ______ persons.
    • A. 

      1,370

    • B. 

      1,730

    • C. 

      648

    • D. 

      684

  • 62. 
    Occupant load for an assembly occupancy without fixed seating (15ft x 15 per person) that is 100 feet x 200 feet is ____ persons.
    • A. 

      1,000

    • B. 

      1,233

    • C. 

      1,333

    • D. 

      1,323

  • 63. 
    Fire protection engineers have established ____ psi as the minimum required residual pressure for a water supply system.
    • A. 

      10

    • B. 

      15

    • C. 

      20

    • D. 

      25

  • 64. 
    When the water source DOES NOT have adequate elevation to create proper pressure for gravity flow, it is necessary to use:
    • A. 

      Larger size pipes in the mains

    • B. 

      Pumps to raise the system's pressure

    • C. 

      Computer controlled pressure regulators

    • D. 

      Negative coefficient of friction loss

  • 65. 
    When a fire hydrant receives water from two or more directions, it is said to have ____ feed.
    • A. 

      Compound

    • B. 

      Circulating

    • C. 

      Compensating

    • D. 

      Distributed

  • 66. 
    Currently, ____ inch pipe is becoming a MINIMUM size used for a water distribution system.
    • A. 

      4

    • B. 

      6

    • C. 

      8

    • D. 

      12

  • 67. 
    NFPA 101, Life Safety Code requires that a Class A ramp must be at least _____ inches wide.
    • A. 

      22

    • B. 

      36

    • C. 

      30

    • D. 

      44

  • 68. 
    When an opening in a three hour fire rated wall needs a fire rated door, the requirement should be for:
    • A. 

      2 two hour doors on one side

    • B. 

      Three hour doors, one on each side

    • C. 

      2 two hour doors, one on each side

    • D. 

      1 three hour door

  • 69. 
    Building construction techniques and materials are tested under two NFPA standards.  What are they?
    • A. 

      NFPA 255 and 257

    • B. 

      NFPA 251 and 255

    • C. 

      NFPA 252 and 257

    • D. 

      NFPA 257 and 251

  • 70. 
    A building's structural members including walls, columns, beams, floors, and roofs are of noncombustible or limited combustible materials.  The degree of fire resistance of this building is:
    • A. 

      Type I

    • B. 

      Type II

    • C. 

      Type III

    • D. 

      Type IV

    • E. 

      Type V

  • 71. 
    According the NFPA 220, Standard on Types of Building Construction, Type II construction is similar to Type I construction EXCEPT that the degree of fire resistance is:
    • A. 

      Lower

    • B. 

      Higher

    • C. 

      Fire rated

    • D. 

      Approved by NFPA

  • 72. 
    In regard to fire walls, the type of construction, the size of the area protected, and the severity of the fire hazard will govern the degree of fire resistance required, which generally ranges from _____ hours.
    • A. 

      1 to 4

    • B. 

      3/4 to 2

    • C. 

      2 to 4

    • D. 

      3/4 to 4

  • 73. 
    According to NFPA 220, Standard on Types of Building Construction, Type I construction has structural members including walls, floors, columns, beams, and roofs of ______ or ______ materials.
    • A. 

      Steel, laminated wood

    • B. 

      Noncombustible, limited combustible

    • C. 

      Wood, heavy timber

    • D. 

      Heavy timber, steel

  • 74. 
    The flammability of roof materials are classified as:
    • A. 

      Class I, Class II, and Class III

    • B. 

      Type I, Type II, and Type III

    • C. 

      Class A, Class B, and Class C

    • D. 

      Type A, Type B, and Type C

  • 75. 
    In general, construction classifications are based upon materials used in construction and upon hourly fire resistance ratings of:
    • A. 

      The National Fire Code

    • B. 

      Interior finish

    • C. 

      Structural components

    • D. 

      Interior design