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Now for the answers to the practice exam. Keep track of your correct answers.

Note: Correct! means correct, Wrong! means wrong, explanations of correct answers are shown like this.

1.

 Diagram for question 1

How often must the device in the diagram above be pressure tested?

Wrong!  A. Annually. More often than necessary
Wrong! B: Every two years. More often than necessary
Correct!C. Every five years.
Wrong! D. Every ten years Not often enough.

Supplementary question: what color should the caps be?

 

2. Which of the following SHOULD function during phase 1?

Wrong! A. Door open button. The intent is to transport the elevators to the lobby as quickly as possible, so this button must not work.
Wrong! B. Emergency stop button. Ditto
Correct!C. Safety edge. In case someone is caught by the door
Wrong! D. Door close button. Ditto

 

3. Local Law 5 is the NYC law that

Wrong! A. included regulations for hotels. That's Local Law 16.
Correct!B. regulated office buildings.
Wrong! C. regulated hazardous materials. Local Law 78.
Wrong! D. set standards for provisions for handicapped persons. Local Law 58.

 

4. Which of the following is not true about the fire brigade?

Wrong! A. They report to the stairway of the floor below the fire
Wrong! B. They direct the fire department to the location of the fire.
Correct!C. They use fire hoses to fight fires. They may use fire extinguishers to fight fires only is there is no threat of injury to themselves.
Wrong! D. They're building employees.

 

5. Which of the following keys should operate the smoke purge switch?

Wrong! A. 1506. What's this key operate?
Correct!B. 1620. - under the direction of the fire department incident commander.
Wrong! C. 2642. Not necessarily
Wrong! D. 1502. What's this key operate?

 

6. In an actual emergency, how would you evacuate a handicapped person?

Wrong! A. Leave him there. To die? No.
Correct!B. Take him to a designated stairway. This will provide a place of refuge, and allow the fire department to carry him or her down if necessary.
Wrong! C. Carry him down the stairs. Not recommended. Let the professionals do it unless an immediate threat to life exists.
Wrong! D. Let him wait for the fire department. At the designated stairway.

 

7. A class E building has five tenants on a floor. Four have 7,500 square feet each, the other has 22,500 square feet. How many deputy fire wardens are required on the floor?

Wrong! A. 5. Not enough
Wrong! B. 6. Not enough
Correct!C. 7. One for each of the 7,500 foot occupancies, and three for the 22,500 foot area.
Wrong! D. 8. More than enough

 

8. When are locks allowed on elevator doors?

Wrong! A. When locks can be operated by owner's master key. No, a master key may not exist, or the owner may not be there when access is needed.
Correct!B. When locks can be operated by city-wide standard elevator key. Keys 1620 and 2642.
Wrong! C. When elevator is used exclusively for passengers. No - if elevator is used exclusively for freight
Wrong! D. Locks can never be installed on elevator doors. Not true

 

9. Which of the following do NOT require a Certificate of Fitness?

Wrong! A. Fire Safety Director. C of F is required.
Wrong! B. Deputy Fire Safety Director. C of F also required.
Correct!C. Building Evacuation Supervisor. They are trained by the Fire Safety Director and do not require a certificate of fitness
Wrong! D. Fire Guard. C of F is required.

 

10. Which is NOT a required feature of a class E fire alarm system?

Wrong! A. Internal pull stations. Required.
Wrong! B. Public address system. Required
Correct!C. Sprinkler system. The question refers to an alarm system.
Wrong! D. Two way voice communications. Required

 

11. Which of the following actuators will NOT release fail-safe door locks?

Wrong! A. Elevator lobby smoke detector. Required to release the doors so occupants can move to safer floors
Correct!B. Manual pull station. Persons seeking unauthorized entry could pull a station to gain access secured floors if this were required.
Wrong! C. Duct smoke detector. Ditto
Wrong! D. Sprinkler flow switch. Ditto, since this can't determine where the activated sprinkler is.

 

12. Where is the fire alarm signal NOT required to sound?

Wrong! A. Fire command station. Required
Wrong! B. Regular location of Fire Safety Director. Required
Correct!C. Building manager's office. Alarms are required at the other choices.
Wrong! D. Mechanical control center. Required

 

13. How many spare sprinkler heads must be available, and where must they be stored?

Wrong! A. One spare for each head in the system, stored at the main shutoff valve. This would require thousands at large buildings.
Correct!B. Six spares, stored at the main shutoff valve.  Also the proper-sized wrench.
Wrong! C. One spare for each head in the system, stored at the FCS. Ditto.
Wrong! D. Six spares, stored at the FCS. Right quantity, wrong location.

 

14. Which of the following would be considered flammable?  Since flammable means "easily ignitable and capable of burning with great rapidity", the answer is obvious.

Wrong! A. Flameproofed wool curtain.  No, since it's been treated not to burn easily.
Correct!B. Puddle of gasoline
Wrong! C. Thick piece of wood.  Difficult to set afire
Wrong! D. Slab of concrete.  Won't burn at all.

 

15. Which of the following is NOT true about the Building Evacuation Supervisor? You're looking for the statement that is not true.

Wrong! A. Is not usually required in a J-1 building. This statement is true, therefore not the correct answer.
Wrong! B. Is not usually involved in fire prevention activities. This statement is also true.
Correct!C. Is required to have a Certificate of Fitness. This statement is not true, therefore the correct answer.
Wrong! D. Must be knowledgeable and able to operate the FCS. This statement is true.

16. Upon activation, where should the fire brigade report?

Wrong! A. To the stairway of the floor above the fire floor.
Wrong! B. To the stairway of the fire floor.
Correct!C. To the stairway of the floor below the fire floor. A safe place to gather, yet close to the fire floor.
Wrong! D. To the Fire Command Station. That's after the fire department arrives.

 

17. What kind of fire extinguisher is NOT allowed in kitchens?

Wrong! A. CO2.
Correct!B. H2O. Water, which would spread the fire.
Wrong! C. Dry chemical.
Wrong! D. Foam.

 

18.

Roof manifold.

What does the diagram above show?

Wrong! A. Siamese connection.
Correct!B. Roof manifold.
Wrong! C. Check valve.
Wrong! D. Fire hose outlet.

 

19. If you're looking at an stairway door and see a number on the door, which of the following is true?

Wrong! A. You're on the occupancy side of a door in an class E building. Floor numbers don't appear on the occupancy side of the doors.
Wrong! B. You're on the occupancy side of a door in a class J-1 building. Ditto.
Wrong! C. You're at the Fire Command Station. They aren't in stairwells, so this can't be correct.
Correct!D. You're on the stair side of a door. Floor numbers don't appear on the occupancy side of the doors.

 

20. In a fully sprinklered class E building, how large can an area be before a fire wall is required to compartment the area?

Wrong! A. 7,500 sq. ft.
Wrong! B. 10,000 sq. ft.
Wrong! C. 15,000 sq. ft.
Correct!D. Unlimited. The sprinkler system should suppress the fire, which allows unlimited areas. This is true only in class E buildings.

 

21. After the fire department appears on the scene, what should the fire brigade do?

Wrong! A. Go back to their normal work. What, with a possible fire in the building?
Wrong! B. Help fight the fire. No, that's what the fire department is there for.
Wrong! C. Notify building occupants of the fire department's arrival. This may cause undue anxiety, and it's not what they should be doing.
Correct!D. Report to the Fire Command Station. For further instructions.

 

22.

Waterflow indicator.

What is the device in the above diagram?

Wrong! A. Sprinkler head. No.
Wrong! B. Check valve. You might think so because of the vane in the pipe, but it's not.
Wrong! C. OS&Y valve. No.
Correct!D. Waterflow indicator. The vane moves when water flows, and a signal is sent.

 

23. Where must the lobby elevator key switch be located?

Wrong! A. No closer than 10 feet nor further than 35 feet from call button.
Wrong! B. No more than 15 feet from call button.
Correct!C. No more than 4 feet from call button.
Wrong! D. No more than 4 feet from FCS.

 

24. The emergency generator must have enough fuel to supply the total emergency power load for at least

Wrong! A. 3 hours.
Correct!B. 6 hours.
Wrong! C. 12 hours.
Wrong! D. 24 hours.

 

25. How often must fire drills be conducted in a new class E building?

Wrong! A. Every four months for the first three years of occupancy, every six months thereafter.
Correct!B. Every three months for the first two years of occupancy, every six months thereafter.
Wrong! C. Every six months for the first three years of occupancy, every twelve months thereafter.
Wrong! D. Every six months.

 

26. While conducting a test of smoke detectors on the 26th floor you receive alarms from smoke detectors on the first and second floors. What would be your best course of action?

Wrong! A. Acknowledge the first and second floor alarms and send someone to check the floors for smoke. This action would delay life-saving action in case of an actual fire.
Correct!B. Acknowledge the first and second floor alarms and call in an alarm to the Fire Department. Never assume a system fault; call the fire department first!
Wrong! C. Acknowledge the first and second floor alarms and disregard them. Never assume an alarm is false.
Wrong! D. Acknowledge the first and second floor alarms and notify the central station to disregard them. This is even worse than C.

 

27. At every elevator landing there must be a sign reading

Wrong! A. "In case of fire do not use elevators unless otherwise instructed."
Wrong! B. "In case of fire elevators are out of order." You may see this on the call button panel, but it's not the required wording.
Wrong! C. "In case of fire do not use stairs unless otherwise instructed."
Correct!D. "In case of fire use stairs unless otherwise instructed."

 

28. Which statement is true?

Wrong! A. A scissors stair has a standpipe at every floor.
Correct!B. A scissors stair has a standpipe at every other floor. Standpipes appear in alternate stairs.
Wrong! C. A scissors stair has a standpipe at every third floor.
Wrong! D. A return stair has a standpipe at every other floor.

 

29. At what temperature range will a sprinkler head rated "ordinary" operate?

Correct!A. 135-165oF (and they're usually bronze in color.)
Wrong! B. 175-212oF
Wrong! C. 250-286oF
Wrong! D. 325-360oF

 

30. During an inspection of the sprinkler system, you notice that the sprinkler heads in one of the tenant's areas have all been painted the same color as the ceiling. What should you do?

Wrong! A. Have the paint on the sprinkler heads removed. Removing the paint may affect the temperature at which they activate.
Wrong! B. Have the sprinkler heads repainted to their original color. Paint may affect the temperature at which they activate, and two coats won't help the situation.
Correct!C. Have the sprinkler heads replaced. Paint may affect the temperature at which they activate, and so may any chemicals used to remove paint, so they'll have to be replaced.
Wrong! D. Do nothing; the paint won't effect the operation of the sprinkler heads. Wrong.

 

31. "Fail-safe" stairway door locks in class E buildings must unlock

Wrong! A. Every floor.
Wrong! B. Every second floor.
Wrong! C. Every third floor.
Correct!D. Every fourth floor.

 

32.

Double action pull station

What does the diagram above show?

Wrong! A. Single action pull station.
Correct!B. Double action pull station. Activating it requires two motions of the hand – one to lift the door, the second to pull the handle.
Wrong! C. Triple action pull station.
Wrong! D. Spade handle pull station.

 

33. All of the following must be checked monthly EXCEPT:

Wrong! A. visual inspection of entire fire suppression system.
Wrong! B. phase 1 and 2 elevator tests.
Wrong! C. emergency generator test.
Correct!D. inspection/cleaning of range hoods and filters in kitchens. Every 90 days.

 

34. Which is true about portable fire extinguishers?

Wrong! A. Inspected monthly, maintenance performed annually, hydrostatically tested every two years.
Wrong! B. Maintenance performed monthly, inspected annually, hydrostatically tested every two years.
Wrong! C. Inspected semiannually, maintenance performed annually, hydrostatically tested every two years.
Correct!D. Inspected monthly, maintenance performed annually, hydrostatically tested every five or 12 years, depending on type.

 

35. Instructions for range hoods should be kept

Correct!A. in the kitchen at the entrance under glass.
Wrong! B. in the kitchen no less than 10 nor more than 35 feet from hood. This is for range extinguisher instructions and duct charts.
Wrong! C. at the Fire Command Station. Too far away to be useful.
Wrong! D. under water. Too soggy.

 

36. How often must activation of each manual sending station and verification of alarm receipt at the fire command station be done?

Wrong! A. Daily.
Wrong! B. Weekly.
Wrong! C. Monthly.
Correct!D. Semi-annually. This includes pulling each station (and breaking the glass if this required to activate the station).

 

37. All of the following must be done annually EXCEPT

Wrong! A. Operational test of kitchen hood extinguisher system.
Wrong! B. New smoke detector and and alarm books started.
Wrong! C. Field flame test of all flameproofed curtains and drapes.
Correct!D. Operational test of portable fire extinguishers. This would require servicing them, and this is not required.

 

38. All are true about smoke detectors EXCEPT

Wrong! A. cleaned semiannually.
Wrong! B. sensitivity tested annually.
Wrong! C. battery operated types tested weekly.
Correct!D. visually inspected monthly. Looking at them isn't going to tell you if they work.

 

39. A contractor tells you that he has to turn off the sprinkler system in order to replace some sprinkler heads. Which of the following are you NOT required to notify?

Correct!A. FDNY High Rise Unit. They issue the Fire Safety Director Certificates of Fitness.
Wrong! B. FDNY Bureau of Fire Prevention
Wrong! C. FDNY local fire company
Wrong! D. building owner

 

40. In case of fire, when directed by the FSD what should the alarm box runner do?

Wrong! A. Call 911 from the nearest public phone
Wrong! B. Go to a FDNY alarm box, pull the handle and return to the FSD
Wrong! C. Pull the nearest fire alarm sending station in the building and wait for fire engines to arrive
Correct!D. Go to the nearest FDNY alarm box, activate the alarm, respond verbally if necessary, and wait for fire engines to arrive. This is so the fire engines are directed to the correct location.

 
 

41. Which of the following is required to be flameproofed?

Wrong! A. Guest room bedspreads
Correct!B. Auditorium curtains. This is an area of public assembly, so must be flameproofed.
Wrong! C. Clothing for sale
Wrong! D. Wooden sculpture

 

42.

Check valve.

What is the device in the above diagram?

Wrong! A. Sprinkler head.
Correct!B. Alarm valve.
Wrong! C. Standpipe.
Wrong! D. Waterflow indicator.

 

43. What is the maximum permitted length of hose at a hose station of standpipe system?

Wrong! A. 35 feet
Wrong! B. 100 feet
Correct!C. 125 feet
Wrong! D. 145 feet

 

44. Emergency power is required to operate all of the following EXCEPT

Wrong! A. Fire and booster pumps
Wrong! B. Alarm, communication and stair pressurization systems
Wrong! C. At least three elevators at one time
Correct!D. Emergency lights (battery operated). Battery operated lights don't need external power.

 

45. How often are fire suppression control valves required to be checked?

Wrong! A. Daily
Correct!B. Weekly. Just look at the OS&Y valves to make sure the stems are extended (therefore open).
Wrong! C. Monthly
Wrong! D. Annually

 

46. What is a "sky lobby"?

Wrong! A. The elevator lobby at the highest served floor of each elevator
Wrong! B. The ground floor elevator lobby
Wrong! C. The elevator lobby at the highest served floor of each elevator which goes to the roof
Correct!D. The lowest elevator lobby of elevators which do not serve the ground floor

 

47. What color must fire alarm sending stations be painted?

Correct!A. Red - no other
Wrong! B. Yellow
Wrong! C. Green
Wrong! D. Silver or aluminum

 

48. A smoke detector activates on a floor NOT served by elevator B. What should happen to this elevator?

Correct!A. Nothing; it should continue to operate normally. It's not involved with a fire floor and is shielded by the blind shaftway.
Wrong! B. It should return to the ground floor without stopping.
Wrong! C. It should return to its highest floor.
Wrong! D. It should return to its lowest served floor.

 

49. Fire brigade members MAY attempt to extinguish fires in which phase?

Wrong! A. Rollover
Wrong! B. Flashover
Wrong! C. Backdraft
Correct!D. Incipient. All other stages are too dangerous for untrained personnel to tackle.

 

50. Conduction is heat transfer by

Wrong! A. Movement of air or liquid. That's convection
Correct!B. Direct contact.
Wrong! C. Heat waves. That's radiation
Wrong! D. All of the above. No.

 

51. Select the best choice to complete the following statement. A Class C fire, when de-energized . . .

Correct!A. becomes a Class A fire. Insulation, etc. are normal burning materials when not part of a live electrical circuit.
Wrong! B. becomes a Class B fire. A flammable liquid? NO.
Wrong! C. remains a Class C fire. A Class C fire is defined as an energized electrical fire. Since it has been de-energized, it's no longer Class C.
Wrong! D. becomes a Class D fire. Flammable metal? NO.

 

52. Which of the following SHOULD NOT be tested during phase 2?

Wrong! A. Door open button. Must be tested
Correct!B. Emergency stop button. Not tested because it can cause damage to the elevator.
Wrong! C. Safety edge. Must be tested
Wrong! D. Door close button. Must be tested

 

53. Which of the following is true about the main shutoff valve of an automatic sprinkler system?

Wrong! A. Must be an RP&Y type valve. No, an OS&Y valve.
Wrong! B. Must have five spare sprinkler heads and wrench nearby. No, six sprinkler heads and the wrench.
Wrong! C. Must be chained shut. No, must be chained open.
Correct!D. Must be visually inspected weekly unless equipped with a tamper switch.

 

54. Which of the following is not true about cap colors of siamese connections?

Wrong! A. Green means that water will automatically flow from sprinklers when fused. This is true, so not the answer you want.
Correct!B. Yellow means that there are both standpipes and non-automatic sprinklers. This is not true; yellow means both standpipes and automatic sprinklers.
Wrong! C. Red means that there are standpipes. This is also true, again not the answer you want.
Wrong! D. Aluminum means sprinklers will not operate until the fire department hooks up to the siamese. This is also true.

 

55. How many times may a fabric be laundered before it is required to be reflameproofed?

Correct!A. No times  Laundering removes the flameproofing, so it must be reflameproofed after every laundering.
Wrong! B. Once
Wrong! C. Two times
Wrong! D. Three times.

 

56. What is the maximum amount of time that a fabric need not be reflameproofed?

Wrong! A. One year.
Wrong! B. Two years.
Correct!C. Three years. Follow the time line like this: at the initial installation the fabric is flameproofed and tested . One year later test again; if it passes it's good for another year. Another year later test again; if passes it's good for one more year. After that year it must be reflameproofed; total of three years.
Wrong! D. Four years.

 

For Your Information:

Diagram for question 57. Open
OS&Y valve

Closed
OS&Y valve
In case you're curious:
cross-section of
closed OS&Y valve

57.

Diagram for question 57.

What is the device in the above diagram?

Correct!A. OS&Y valve (in the open position)
Wrong! B. Check valve.
Wrong! C. Sprinkler head.
Wrong! D. Waterflow indicator.

 

 

58. Choose the best answer to complete the following sentence: To continue to burn a fire requires:

Wrong! A. Air, fuel, heat. Almost right, but oxygen is the critical element. Oxygen is the only 21% of air. A fire in pure oxygen is about five times more intense, which is why smoking near an oxygen supply is so dangerous.
Wrong! B. Earth, wind, fire. Isn't that a group?
Wrong! C. Paper, air, matches. This is one example, but not all fires require these.
Correct!D. Fuel, heat, oxygen.

 

59. Which of the following is most likely to be found at a loading dock which is unheated and generally unattended?

Wrong! A. Automatic wet sprinkler system. This would freeze in winter unless filled with a nontoxic antifreeze.
Correct!B. Automatic dry sprinkler system.
Wrong! C. Non-automatic sprinkler system. This wouldn't freeze, but the fire department would have to hook up before any water would be delivered.
Wrong! D. Standpipe system. This would also freeze in winter, and would have to be attended in order to be of use.

 

60. What is the function of the "ball drip valve?"

Wrong! A. Prevent reverse flow of water into the roof tank. That's the upper check valve.
Wrong! B. Prevent reverse flow of water to the siamese connection. That's the lower check valve.
Wrong! C. Shut off water to standpipes. That's the shutoff valve.
Correct!D. Prevents water from freezing in the siamese connection. By draining the siamese.

 

61. If the ball drip valve drips under normal conditions, it is an indication that

Wrong! A. the ball drip valve is defective. No.
Correct!B. the lower check valve is defective.
Wrong! C. the upper check valve is defective. No, that's up near the gravity tank.
Wrong! D. the ball float valve is defective. No, that's in the gravity tank.

 

62. Which of the following is not a major defect of a sprinkler system?

Correct!A. Missing spare sprinkler head. It's a spare, and the system will function without it.
Wrong! B. Shut water supply valve. That prevents the system from functioning.
Wrong! C. Defective siamese connection. That prevents the fire department from hooking up.
Wrong! D. Empty roof tank. That also prevents the system from functioning.
 

63.

 Smoke detector.

What is the device in the above diagram?

Wrong! A. Push-button activation station.
Wrong! B. Annunciator panel.
Wrong! C. Sprinkler head.
Correct!D. Smoke detector.

 

64. Typically, a ball float would be found

Wrong! A. in the basement. That's the ball drip valve.
Wrong! B. in an elevator shaft.
Wrong! C. in a stairwell.
Correct!D. on the roof. It's part of the valve which keeps the roof tank full of water in a gravity tank system.

 

65. In an automatic sprinkler system where one sprinkler has exceeded its temperature rating, how many sprinklers begin to spray water?

Correct!A. Only the sprinkler which has exceeded its rating.  All the others remain ready to spray water if they get too hot.
Wrong! B. All sprinklers on that floor.
Wrong! C. All sprinklers in the building.
Wrong! D. None until the fire department hooks up to the siamese connection and begins to pump water.

 

66. Waterflow gongs are normally activated by the

Wrong! A. Upper check valve. That protects the gravity tank from overpressure.
Correct!B. Lower check valve.
Wrong! C. Ball drip valve. That protects the siamese from freezing.
Wrong! D. Fire alarm panel. The waterflow gong works on waterflow only; no electricity required.

 

67. When a sprinkler head is said to "have fused" it means that it

Wrong! A. melted into a lump of metal.
Wrong! B. is in a normal condition.
Correct!C. was exposed to the temperature at which it was designed to activate.
Wrong! D. was exposed to freezing temperatures and must be replaced.

 

68.

Single action pull station

How many glass rods shown in the above diagram must be stored on-site?

Wrong! A. One.
Wrong! B. Ten.
Wrong! C. One hundred.
Correct!D. One per station. Which would mean thousands, if that's how many are in the building.  (Did you realize that this is a single-action pull station?)

 

69. Diagrams required to be mounted in hallways which show elevators, fire exits, etc. are called

Wrong! A. blueprints. They're too detailed.
Wrong! B. engineering diagrams. They're also too detailed.
Correct!C. floor diagrams.
Wrong! D. "you are here" diagrams. That's not what they're called.

 

70. When torch operations are done, the fire watcher must check for fire

Wrong! A. during the operations, and when the operations are complete. A fire could start from the residual heat of materials heated by the torch as well as during the torch use
Wrong! B. during the operations, when the operations are complete, and a half hour later. Right idea, but not enough.
Wrong! C. during the operations, when the operations are complete, a half hour later and an hour after that. Right idea, not quite the right timing.
Correct!D. during the operations, when the operations are complete, a half hour later, and a half hour after that.

 

The first question you have to answer: is a fire safety director required?  The answer is yes, because there are more than 30 sleeping rooms in the building (regardless of how many are occupied).  Once you know that, the next question is how many fire safety directors are required in any building in which fire safety directors are required?  The answer is one; all others are deputies.

71. A hotel is 60 feet tall and has 40 sleeping rooms, of which 10 are occupied.  How many fire safety directors are required?

Wrong! A. None.
Correct!B. One.
Wrong! C. One per shift. This would be true if the question asked for directors and deputies.
Wrong! D. One per floor.  Never.

 

72. Which of the following should not operate in a normal manner during phase 2?

Correct!A. Door open button. Doors must close unless the button is depressed until the doors are fully open.
Wrong! B. Emergency stop button. Must operate
Wrong! C. Safety edge. Must operate
Wrong! D. Door close button. Must operate
 

 

73. Which of the following is not a duty of the fire safety director?

Wrong! A. Operate the fire command station
Correct!B. Provide the fire safety plan. Must be done by the building owner.
Wrong! C. Direction evacuations
Wrong! D. Direct fire prevention activities

 

74. The 17th floor of a fully-sprinklered J-1 building has an area of 17,500 sq. ft.. How many 2½ gallon water extinguishers are required?

Wrong! A. One Not enough.
Wrong! B. Two. Not enough. Two would be enough if this were an E (office) building, but it's not.
Correct!C. Three. This is a hotel, and sprinklers have no effect on extinguisher requirements — one for the first 6,000 sq. ft., one for the second 6,000 sq. ft., one more for the last 5,500 sq. ft.; total of three.
Wrong! D. Four. More than enough.

 

75. Which of the following is not required of floor wardens?

Wrong! A. Direct evacuations. Required.
Correct!B. Certificate of Fitness. Not required.
Wrong! C. Supply information to fire command station. Required.
Wrong! D. Make sure exits are unlocked and unblocked To allow egress and prevent smoke and fire spread.

 

76. What is a roof manifold used for?

Wrong! A. Filling the gravity tank. No, that's done by the fill line.
Correct!B. Fight roof fires.
Correct!C. Testing water flow.
Wrong! D. As a substitute siamese connection. On the roof? No.

 

77.

Standpipe siamese.

The fire department uses this device to

Wrong! A. fight roof fires. That's a roof manifold.
Wrong! B: test waterflow. Ditto.
Correct!C. increase water pressure while fighting fires. It's a siamese connection, and the fire department pumpers connect to it to provide high-pressure water to the system to fight fires.
Wrong! D. prevent backflow of water into gravity tank. That's the upper check valve.

 

78. Which of the following would be considered inflammable?

Wrong! A. Flameproofed wool curtain
Correct!B. Puddle of gasoline. Since "flammable" and "inflammable" have the same meaning, the answers are the same (see question 14).
Wrong! C. Thick piece of wood
Wrong! D. Slab of concrete

 

79. Which of the following is not a required duty of deputy fire safety directors?

Wrong! A. Function as fire safety directors during the absence of fire safety director.
Wrong! B. Act as subordinates to fire safety directors.
Correct!C. Maintain records as required by law. That's the duty of the fire safety director.
Wrong! D. Must have Certificate of Fitness.

 

80. Which is true about plenums and raceways?

Correct!A. Plenums are in ceiling and raceways are in floors
Wrong! B. Plenums are in floors and raceways are in ceilings.
Wrong! C. Plenums and raceways are both in ceilings.
Wrong! D. Plenums and raceways are both in floors.

 

81. Elevators will be recalled by any of the following EXCEPT

Wrong! A. Water flow from sprinkler system.
Wrong! B. Operation of 1620 key in keyed switch in the elevator lobby.
Correct!C. Manual pull station. Another vandalism-type prevention.
Wrong! D. Activation of elevator lobby smoke detector.
 

 

82. How often must sprinkler heads must be changed?

Wrong! A. Annually.
Wrong! B. Every two years.
Wrong! C. Every five years.
Correct!D. Only after activation. They have unlimited life until activated.

 

83. Which of the following is NOT true about stairway pressurization?

Wrong! A. Only permitted in Class E buildings
Wrong! B. Fans must supply 100% outdoor air
Correct!C. Required in addition to sprinklers. NOT!
Wrong! D. Activated by smoke detector.

 

84. What is a "blind" shaftway?

Correct!A. A floor where an elevator cannot stop because there are no hoistway doors. There are no hoistway doors on the floor and the elevator is protected from a fire by walls.
Wrong! B. A floor where an elevator cannot stop because the hoistway doors are locked. No, that wouldn't be enough to protect the elevator from fire.
Wrong! C. A floor where an elevator cannot stop because the floor is locked out at the control panel. Ditto.
Wrong! D. Any side of the elevator shaft where there are no doors. Ditto.

 

85. If the stem extends from an OS&Y valve, it is an indication that the valve is

Correct!A. open.
Wrong! B. closed. That's if the stem doesn't extend from the valve.
Wrong! C. defective.
Wrong! D. been subjected to excessive pressure.

 

86. How often must communication to central station from the FSC must be checked?

Wrong! A. Daily.
Wrong! B. Weekly.
Correct!C. Monthly. Part of the monthly test.
Wrong! D. Semi-annually

 

87. Which of the following is required to be performed every 90 days?

Wrong! A. Inspection of fire suppression control valves.  Weekly!
Correct!B. Inspection/cleaning of range hood ducts and filters.
Wrong! C. Test the emergency generator.  Monthly!
Wrong! D. Test lights on fire control panel.  Daily!

 

88. A multipurpose fire extinguisher can be used on

Wrong! A. Class A and B fires
Wrong! B. Class B and C fires
Wrong! C. Class A and C fires
Correct!D. Class A, B and C fires.

 

89. How long must the alarm log book must be kept?

Wrong! A. One year.
Wrong! B. Two years.
Correct!C. Three years.
Wrong! D. Four years.

 

90. One morning you are notified that the roof gravity tank heater has burned out. Which of the following are you required to notify?

Wrong! A. FDNY High Rise Unit. They issue the Fire Safety Directory Certificates of Fitness, but are not involved with this.
Wrong! B. Building electrician. S/he may have to fix it, but you're not required to tell him/her.
Wrong! C. Central station. No.
Correct!D. Building owner. This is a major defect, and puts the sprinkler and/or standpipe system out of order. You also have to notify the FDNY Bureau of Fire Prevention and the local fire department.

 

91. The function of the upper check valve is to prevent

Wrong! A. the siamese from freezing. No, that's the ball drip valve.
Wrong! B. backflow into the water main. No, that's the lower check valve.
Correct!C. backflow into the gravity tank. To prevent the gravity tank from overflowing and/or exploding.
Wrong! D. excess water pressure into standpipe hoses. No, that's a pressure reducer.

 

92. The primary duty of the fire brigade is to

Correct!A. evacuate occupants of the building. They report to the floor below the fire floor and then evacuate occupants to save lives.
Wrong! B. use fire extinguishers to fight fires. Later, after A.
Wrong! C. show the fire department where the fire is. Later, after B.
Wrong! D. report to the Fire Command Station. Later, after C.

 

93. "Fail safe" when referred to in locks, means

Correct!A. that the door can be opened if the power fails.
Wrong! B. that the door cannot be opened if the power fails. That's called fail-secure.
Wrong! C. that a power failure will have no effect on the door.
Wrong! D. that the door is always locked.

 

94. Where does the on-duty Building Evacuation Supervisor report when an alarm is activated?

Wrong! A. To the Fire Safety Director. If the FSD were there, the BES wouldn't be on duty.
Wrong! B. To the floor below the fire floor. That's the fire brigade
Correct!C. To the Fire Command Station. To act as Fire Safety Director when the FSD or a Deputy FSD is not required to be on duty.
Wrong! D. To the mechanical control center. No.

 

95. "RCNY" is the abbreviation for

Wrong! A. Regulation Code of New York.
Wrong! B. Regulations of the City of New York.
Wrong! C. Regulatory Code of New York.
Correct!D. Rules of the City of New York.

 

96. A fire alarm box is painted plain red (no stripe). When it is activated, an alarm will be sent

Wrong! A. directly to the fire department. Since there is no white stripe, it's not connected to a central alarm.
Wrong! B. directly to a central station. Ditto.
Correct!C. within the building.
Wrong! D. nowhere – the box is out of service.

 

97. Which of the following is a member of the fire brigade?

Wrong! A. Deputy Fire Safety Director FSD and deputies are not permitted to be members of the fire brigade because they are required to report to the fire command station.
Wrong! B. Fire Safety Director See above.
Wrong! C. Fire Warden They have to remain on their floors to perform their duties.
Correct!D. None of the above

 

98. The function of the lower check valve is to prevent

Wrong! A. the siamese from freezing.
Correct!B. backflow into the water main. See question 91.
Wrong! C. backflow into the gravity tank.
Wrong! D. excess water pressure into standpipe hoses.

 

99. The maximum distance of travel between fire extinguishers in a non-sprinklered class E building is

Wrong! A. between 10 and 35 feet. You knew that I had to have that figure in again, didn't you? That's the distance for the kitchen range extinguishing system activation.
Correct!B. 75 feet.
Wrong! C. 125 feet. That's the maximum fire hose length on a standpipe.
Wrong! D. 150 feet. If it was a fully sprinklered building.

 

100. How must elevator banks and stairways must be designated?

Wrong! A. By letters in alphabetical order.
Correct!B. By letters in any order. (Do your stairways have any incorrect number designations?)
Wrong! C. By numbers in numerical order.
Wrong! D. By numbers in any order.

To receive a passing grade of 70% on this exam, you must have answered 70 of these 100 questions correctly.

Fire brigade supervision is not covered in this practice exam, including

bullet choosing members of the fire brigade
bullettraining fire brigade members
bulletfire drills, and what to do with uncooperative occupants.

You'll have to study this area on your own, because I couldn't come up with any questions which didn't duplicate the actual exam.  If you can supply any questions in this area, please send them with correct answers to Email and I'll try to include them in my next revision.

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