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Chapter Pretests


Please read each question and select your answer from the choices provided. You must complete all of the questions in order to view your results. At the end of each exam, you have the option to e-mail your results to your instructor.


1:  What fireground tactic exposes any smoldering or hidden pockets of fire to be sure they are extinguished?
A: Investigation
B: Salvage
C: Extinguishment
D: Overhaul

2:  What are the losses called that result from smoke and water damage, fire suppression efforts and other causes, secondary to a fire?
A: Collateral damage
B: Concomitant damage
C: Intervention losses
D: Secondary losses

3:  What should be done with utilities services to minimize the danger they may pose, if damaged, to fire fighters conducting salvage operations?
A: They should be covered and cinched tight with a tarp.
B: Their locations should be identified and clearly marked.
C: Gas and/or electric should be restored prior to salvage.
D: Gas and electric should always be shut off.

4:  What is one simple procedure that can effectively keep smoke and heat out of a room or area?
A: Setting up an exhaust fan
B: Shutting a door
C: Turning on the ceiling fans
D: Turning on sink faucets

5:  When deciding where to overhaul, what is one area fire fighters should look for?
A: The sound of gurgling pipes behind a wall
B: Void spaces that would allow fire to spread
C: Carpet that has discolored non-uniformly as it has become wet
D: Window panes that have a light dusting of soot on them

6:  On what are salvage efforts at a residential fire often focused?
A: Preventing further fire extension
B: Preventing later re-kindle
C: Protecting personal property
D: Protecting residents

7:  Once the fire is out, when can fire fighters performing salvage operations work without SCBA?
A: It is not advisable due to the presence of smoldering materials
B: Any time, once the fire is out
C: Only when breathing the atmosphere does not produce spontaneous coughing
D: Only if the atmosphere has been tested and declared safe by the Safety Officer

8:  Where should furniture be placed to best protect it for salvage?
A: In the center of the room
B: Along the walls of the room
C: In one corner of the room
D: In a straight line across the room

9:  Why shouldn't gasoline-powered pumps be operated inside a building to evacuate water?
A: Because they can run dry and start a fire
B: Because their base may shift as the building settles
C: Because water cannot be evacuated mechanically until the investigator is through
D: Because they generate carbon monoxide

10:  How long should overhaul operations continue?
A: Until every last wall, ceiling, and window casing have been opened
B: Until the investigator is satisfied that the cause has been determined
C: Until all burned material is located and all unburned areas are exposed
D: Until no more fire is visible upon walk-through of the structure

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