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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:  Fire investigations usually begin:
A: When the Pre-incident Plan is created
B: When Brigade Members arrive on the scene
C: After the Post-incident Critique
D: Only after the arrival of the official investigator

2:  Fires usually have a starting point where fuels begin to burn. This is called:
A: Arson
B: The proximate cause
C: The point of origin
D: Depth of char

3:  Most structural fires occur:
A: In Industrial settings
B: In kitchens
C: In residential occupancies
D: In schools or institutions

4:  Experienced investigators can look at ______ to determine how long a fire burned in an area.
A: Amount of glass breakage
B: The size of the ventilation hole
C: The V-pattern
D: The depth of char

5:  How many types of evidence are there?
A: 3
B: 4
C: 5
D: 6

6:  When evidence is collected, it must be maintained in continuous possession. This is called:
A: Chain of retention
B: Chain of custody
C: Custodial possession
D: Physical proximity

7:  Often, investigators must clean out mounds of debris before reaching the area of origin. This process is informally called:
A: Preserving the scene
B: Digging out
C: Documenting the scene
D: Securing property

8:  Witnesses to a fire:
A: Should be under custodial protection until a trial
B: May have invaluable information about the fire
C: Are usually unreliable since their information is "Hearsay"
D: Will only have direct testimony at a hearing

9:  If a Brigade Leader suspects that a fire may be arson, he/she should immediately:
A: Summon a trained investigator
B: Arrest any witnesses
C: Declare the fire to be "Undetermined" and leave the area
D: Notify management so the scene can be cleaned up

10:  Incendiary fires refer to those that:
A: Are of little insurance value
B: Are accidental in nature
C: Are discovered early and extinguished with no problems
D: Are set intentionally to cause harm or with criminal intent

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