Could You Pass a Firefighter Exam?

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6 Min Quiz

What does PPE stand for?

There are a ton of firefighter-related acronyms. PPE stands for Personal Protective Equipment - the equipment you will wear on the job to make sure you stay safe - like your helmet, coat, pants, gloves and boots.

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What are the common respiratory hazards associated with fires?

Fires remove air from the immediate environment, produce smoke and give off toxic gases - all of which are dangerous. A firefighter's mask will help protect the firefighter from these hazards.

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What is 25% of 800?

25% of 800 is 200. Simply multiply 800 by .25 to get the answer. If you are super smart, you can do this one in your head by dividing 800 by 4.

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Butterflies go through four life stages: egg, larva, pupa and adult. %0D%0DAccording to this sentence, what is the second life stage of a butterfly?

According to this passage, the second life stage of a butterfly is larva. Basic reading comprehension is part of the firefighter exam.

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What is 50% of 40?

Basic math is included on most civil service exams. Half of 40 is 20.

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Which word needs to be removed from this sentence to make it correct: Take the book with you in case you will see Joan.

The word "will" is not needed in this sentence. Basic knowledge of English is part of the firefighter exam.

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21,644 ÷ 2 = ?

21,644 ÷ 2 = 10,822. You will be tested on high school math on the firefighter exam.

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If a firefighter cannot enter a structure due to heavy smoke conditions, all of his/her knowledge and skill are wasted. Because of this, it is very important that a firefighter is trained in how to use and maintain equipment, as well as the limitations of protective equipment. According to this passage, a firefighter should be trained in which of the following?

All of the knowledge and skill in the world are meaningless if a firefighter cannot get into a structure. This passage emphasizes the importance of knowing the limitations of equipment as well as how to use and maintain it.

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Which word needs to be removed from this sentence to make it correct: That’s the city where Nancy was born in.

Remove the word "in" from this sentence to make it correct. Basic language comprehension is part of the firefighter exam.

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How many feet are in a mile?

There are 5,280 feet in a mile. Study your weights and measures to pass the firefighter exam.

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Which word is incorrect in this sentence? Carin tooked her ball to school.

Revise the word "tooked" to make this sentence correct. The correct word to use is "took."

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The decimal equivalent of 1/2 is what?

The decimal equivalent of 1/2 is .50. The firefighter exam will test you on basic math.

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What is the fire triangle?

If you want to be a firefighter, you really need to know the fire triangle. Fires are all about the three ingredients they need to ignite.

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A fire unit has 57 fire inspections to make at various locations. If they complete 8 the first day, 5 the second day, 11 the third day and 3 the fourth day, how many businesses are left to be inspected?

The answer is 30. Set up the problem like this: 57 - 8 - 5 - 11 - 3 = 30.

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Which water-to-solvent ratio will yield the weakest solution?

An 8:1 ratio would yield the weakest solution. This would be eight parts water to one part solvent.

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Fire Inspector Smith earns $15.00 per hour. He receives double time after 8 hours of work in one day. If he worked a 12-hour day, what was his pay?

Fire Inspector Smith would have earned $240.00 for that day's work. To solve this, you'll need to figure eight hours at $15 per hour (regular time) plus four hours at $30 per hour (double time).

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A grease fire on the stove is what type of fire?

A grease fire on the stove is technically a Class B fire, which is a sub-category of Class K. Some areas may classify this type of fire as either a Class B fire or a Class K fire.

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A fire that started as a result of overloaded electrical equipment is what type of fire?

A fire that started as a result of overloaded electrical equipment is a Class C fire. A Class C fire is one that involves electrical equipment. The special situations that this type of fire presents is the danger that the equipment is energized.

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A fire at a metals production plant might be classified as what type of fire?

A fire at a metals production plant might be classified as a Class D fire. Class D fires involve flammable metals and can be especially dangerous because they can cause surrounding materials to combust.

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"The crime of arson predates written common law. Centuries ago, arson was punishable by death. Other punishments included cutting off one hand and one foot." According to this passage, arson has become a crime only recently.

This is false. According to the passage, arson has probably always been considered a crime, but it has definitely been considered as such since written common law.

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What would you NOT use to extinguish a Class C fire?

A Class C fire involves electrical equipment. Although water will extinguish this type of fire, because water conducts electricity, using it on live electrical equipment can be especially dangerous.

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Which word is incorrect? The hospital effected a sweeping policy change.

The word "effected" is incorrect. The word "affected" is the right word to use. Affect and effect are often confused.

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Assume that for every mile per hour that a fire truck is traveling, it will take three feet of distance for that truck to safely come to a complete stop. If the truck is traveling 55 miles per hour, how long will it take the truck to stop?

It will take the truck 165 feet to come to a complete stop. To solve this, you will need to multiply the mph by the number of feet needed to come to a stop.

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How many 4-inch sections can be cut from a 260-inch length of wood?

You can cut 65 4-inch sections from a 260-inch length of wood. To solve this problem, you will need to divide 260 by 4.

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How many cubic feet are in a carton that measures 12ft x 9ft x 9ft?

There are 972 cubic feet in this carton. Multiply 12 x 9 x 9 to get the answer.

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Water weighs 8.33 pounds per gallon. If you drained 20% of a 1,000-gallon water tank, how much weight was drained from the tank?

This is a two-part problem. First you'll need to find out the total weight of the tank. Then find 20% of the total weight for the answer.

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Sally has $78.58. She spends $64.30 at the store. Then she cashes a check for $148.96. Sally then spends $3.88 on coffee and $33.33 on dinner for herself and a friend. Sally then finds $1.99 in her coat pocket. How much money does Sally have?

The correct answer is $128.02. Set up this problem like this: $78.58 - $64.30 + $148.96 - $3.88 - $33.33 + $1.99 = $128.02.

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A kerosene fire is what type of fire?

A kerosene fire is a Class B fire. A Class B fire is one that involves flammable liquids and flammable gases.

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How many ounces are in a pint?

There are 16 ounces in a pint. This is basic knowledge you'll need to know for the exam.

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A ten-gallon drum is full of solvent. How many pints of solvent are in the drum?

There are 80 pints of solvent in the drum. You would need to know that there are eight pints in a gallon to solve this.

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What would you use to extinguish a Class A fire?

Just about any extinguishing technique would work to put out a Class A fire. A Class A fire is a fire that involves wood or paper.

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Typically, a house fire is what kind of fire?

Typically, a house fire is a Class A fire. A Class A fire involves standard combustibles, such as wood and paper.

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A fire at a tire production factory might be what type of fire?

A fire that involves tires might be classified a Class A fire. A Class A fire involves what are termed "ordinary combustibles," which include rubber, wood, and paper.

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Which word is incorrect? We made the changes based on one major criteria.

Although this sentence sounds correct, the correct word to use would be criterion. Criterion is one, criteria is two or more.

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What would you NOT use to put out a Class B fire?

Class B fires include grease fires. You should never use water to put out a grease fire, because water may cause it to spread.

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The firefighter exam is administered in two parts - Part 1 measures basic knowledge and Part 2 measures more specific knowledge. Take this sample test to see if you might be able to pass the real exams.

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