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Chapter Pretests


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1:  What is one use for utility rope?
A: Rappelling down a building
B: Hoisting and lowering tools
C: Lowering an unconscious person
D: Pulling a swimmer up out of the water from a helicopter

2:  How does the strength of synthetic fiber compare to that of natural fiber?
A: It depends on whether they are wet
B: Natural fiber is generally stronger
C: They are about the same
D: Synthetic is generally stronger

3:  When should life safety ropes be inspected?
A: After every emergency use, only
B: After every use, emergency or training
C: After every training use, only
D: Only if it is contaminated and then cleaned

4:  How should Life Safety Ropes be stored?
A: In a rope bag away from fumes. Preferably, in a dry compartment.
B: In the cabinet closest to the cab.
C: Hanging from hooks in a coil.
D: Under other equipment to keep the coils flat.

5:  Can life safety rope be used for utility purposes?
A: Only in training
B: Only when binding, not supporting a load
C: No, unless removed from service and clearly marked
D: Yes, any time longer lengths are needed

6:  How many times should escape rope be used before being retired from that function?
A: Once
B: Up to three times
C: Fives times
D: As long as it continues to pass inspection

7:  Can Life safety Ropes be used for rescues near alkalis or acids?
A: Certain nylon fibers may resist damage.
B: Under no circumstances.
C: Only if ropes are cleaned immediately.
D: Natural fibers only should be used in these rescues.

8:  What is the rule of thumb for stepping on a rope?
A: Don't roll the rope under your boot
B: Be sure to roll the rope as load is applied on it
C: Don't do it
D: Just don't trip

9:  When should bleach be used in washing a synthetic rope?
A: Always. Ropes should be sanitized after each use.
B: Never
C: Only if it was contaminated with hydrocarbons, including oil
D: Only if it is certain that no hydrocarbons, including oil, are on the rope

10:  When inspecting a kernmantle rope, what visual signs should fire fighters look for?
A: Cuts or frays in the mantle, lumps or depressions inside
B: Change of color of stress tag
C: Change of color of stress threads
D: Straightening out of the twists

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