Pump Operator Exam: Trivia Quiz!

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Pump Operator Exam: Trivia Quiz!

A pump operator is supposed to work with compact or heavy pumps for transferring liquid. They generally work as chemical operators, pump station operators, purification operators, and tank car loaders. A pump operator performs the complete inspection and operations. This quiz has been developed to test your knowledge of fire apparatus pump operations. Let's try it out!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Types of methods of power transfer are:
    • A. 

      Split shaft

    • B. 

      Split shaft

    • C. 

      Power take off

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 2. 
    Midship means
    • A. 

      The middle of the pump shaft

    • B. 

      Pump mounted behind the cab, midway between front and rear axles

    • C. 

      Water comes out of the middle of the truck

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 3. 
    Direct drive means
    • A. 

      Pump driven directly from engine crankshaft pulley

    • B. 

      You have to be driving the engine to pump water

    • C. 

      Pump is installed on the front of the engine only

    • D. 

      Both b & c

  • 4. 
    The intake relief valve dumps water from the inlet side of the pump to:
    • A. 

      Atmosphere

    • B. 

      Booster tank

    • C. 

      Both a & b

    • D. 

      Any open line

  • 5. 
    Water enters the intake/suction side of the pump supplied by:
    • A. 

      Gravity pressure from tank

    • B. 

      Distribution system under pressure

    • C. 

      Drafting from a static water source

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 6. 
    To get water from a static source:
    • A. 

      Use hard suction and strainer

    • B. 

      Pump must be primed

    • C. 

      Turn stem on hydrant until water flows to the engine

    • D. 

      Both a & b

  • 7. 
    A possible cause for the pump operator not to get a reading on the pressure gauge when the pump is put in service is:
    • A. 

      pump drive system is open

    • B. 

      pump drive system not fully engaged

    • C. 

      Water source is not big enough

    • D. 

      Need a larger diameter hose

  • 8. 
    If the pump will not develop sufficient pressure the probable cause is:
    • A. 

      Transmission isn’t in proper gear

    • B. 

      Relief valve activating to soon

    • C. 

      Both a & b

    • D. 

      The engine is the wrong size for the pump

  • 9. 
    Cavitation is defined as:
    • A. 

      Condition in which vacuum pockets form in pump and cause vibrations, loss of efficiency, and possible damage

    • B. 

      Condition in which to much water enters the pump

    • C. 

      Condition in which a valve is closed to quickly

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 10. 
    Cavitation can happen in any pump when:
    • A. 

      A valve is closed to quickly

    • B. 

      Pump speed is set to low

    • C. 

      Discharge flow starts to exceed intake flow

    • D. 

      All of the above

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