Size Up

1) Which two types of building construction classes does the 20-minute rule apply to and only apply to?
A) Class I, Class II.
B) Class I, Class IV.
C) Class III, Class V.
D) Class IV, Class V.
Answer: C

2) Careful evaluation of civilian life hazard should be made before committing firefighters to tactics that are at a higher risk. A key component of this evaluation is
A) Weather.
B) Building's occupancy.
C) Time of day.
D) The height of the building
Answer: B

3) Your company arrives on scene at a reported building fire. You observe heavy, dirty smoke coming from a chimney and all floors are pushing heavy smoke with no visible fire. Where do you think this fire might be located?
A) On the first floor.
B) In the attic space.
C) In the common cockloft.
D) In the cellar or basement
Answer: D

4) Which of the following occupancies have high life hazards around the clock?
A) Storage Warehouses.
B) Hospitals and Apartment Buildings.
C) Schools and Daycares.
D) Factories and Retail Stores.
Answer: B

5) According to Norman's four implications of building construction, which of the following is the most important to firefighters?
A) The number of hidden voids in which fire can travel undetected.
B) The ability of the building to resist collapse when threatened by the fire.
C) The degree to which the building itself contributes to the fire load.
D) The manner in which the building is compartmentalized.
Answer: B

6) Upon arrival at a reported fire, you see wispy light colored smoke. What stage of fire involvement should this indicate?
A) Free burn stage.
B) Incipient stage.
C) Flash-over stage.
D) Immanent backdraft.
Answer: B

7) Heavy bowstring trusses can fail in as little as
A) 5 minutes.
B) 8 minutes.
C) 10 minutes.
D) 12 minutes.
Answer: B

8) What is the rule of thumb for predicting structural collapse?
A) The 10-minute rule.
B) The 20-minute rule.
C) The 30-minute rule.
D) The 60-minute rule.
Answer: B

9) What is the acronym used by fire chiefs to help them remember the 13 factors that affect size-up?
Answer: A

10) A fire company that is familiar with its district would be knowledgeable of many size-up factors prior to their arrival at a fire. What size-up factor cannot be determined until companies arrive on the scene?
A) The occupancy of the building.
B) The location and extent of the fire.
C) The type of building construction.
D) The life hazards that exist.
Answer: B

11) When arriving at the front side of a structure, height aids in size-up, by letting the firefighters know all of the following, except
A) Building Construction based code mandates.
B) What level would they be operating at when they reach the rear of the building.
C) Presence or absence of a required standpipe or sprinkler.
D) What types of handlines would be needed?
Answer: B

12) Buildings built with "Ordinary Construction" can be found in which of the following types of occupancies?
A) Residential.
B) Commercial.
C) Manufacturing.
D) All the above.
Answer: D

13) All of the following are conditions encountered when operating in cold weather, except
A) Hydrants freeze hampering water supply.
B) Many people come out into the streets to watch.
C) Slip and falls on ice place firefighters at risk for injury.
D) Apparatus behave sluggishly or malfunctions.
Answer: B

14) Which of the following does not in itself produce a severe life hazard?
A) Poor exit facilities.
B) Occupants with limited ability to flee, due to physical or mental impairments.
C) The risk of rapid extension of fire.
D) The mere presence of a large number of occupants.
Answer: D

15) Time has an impact on firefighting. Which of the following time element would have the biggest impact on firefighting?
A) The time of day.
B) The time of year.
C) The time it takes to respond to the incident.
D) The elapsed time since the fire began.
Answer: D

16) Which of the following statements is considered true?
A) The higher the fire is in a building, the more serious the hazard.
B) Most ordinary brick-and-wood-joist buildings lack any type of void space above the top floor.
C) The lower the fire is in a building, the more serious the hazard.
D) Cocklofts provide poor insulation against heat and cold.
Answer: C

17) What is the purpose of the time Mark system?
A) It is an indicator of when a building is likely to collapse.
B) It is an indicator when 30-minute bottles of interior attack crews may be running low.
C) It forces the incident commander to recognize that time is passing, and to evaluate and verbalize what type of progress is or isn't being made in the firefighting operation.
D) All the above.
Answer: C

18) You're responding to a fully involved warehouse fire measuring 100' x 150'. In order to extinguish the fire, you would require a flow of at least?
A) 500 gpm.
B) 2500 gpm.
C) 5000 gpm.
D) 7500 gpm.
Answer: D

19) Which of the following occupancies produced the highest rate of firefighter deaths between the years of 2004 and 2008, according to the NFPA?
A) Factories.
B) Stores.
C) Public assemblies.
D) Residential buildings.
Answer: A

20) At 13:30 hours your station is dispatched to a working fire at #123 Side St, cross streets are Main St to a dead end. Responding from your station is an engine company, a ladder company, an ambulance, and a shift commander in a command vehicle. On arrival, the sewer department has a part of Side St. Blocked off repairing a broken storm drain. Which responding apparatus should proceed down Side street?
A) The engine company should proceed in since water is needed to extinguish the fire.
B) The ambulance should proceed in since they should be close to any victims that might be encountered.
C) The ladder company should proceed in since they may be able to position close enough to reach over the trench.
D) The command vehicle should proceed in since the incident commander needs to be able to see the scene from the command vehicle.
Answer: C