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These questions and answers were designed to help your understanding of the material presented to you during the course.  They're in no particular order, and cover almost everything in the course (except choosing members of the fire brigade; I couldn't compose good questions for that area.)  A high mark on this exam would tend to indicate that you'll receive a correspondingly high mark on the FDNY exam (although that can't be guaranteed.)  Take your time, and make note of which areas you get wrong, and study.  I hope these practice questions help you to pass the real test.

Print out this page which has all 100 questions, take the exam by checking the boxes () for each answer you think is correct.  That way you'll have a record of your answers and know what areas need study.

 

For best results, take this practice exam under conditions similar to those in the genuine exam:

bulletDress for the exam (change out of your bathrobe and slippers into proper attire)
bulletSit on a chair at a table (sofas not allowed)
bulletEliminate the background noise and distractions (no radio, TV, phone calls, spouses or kids)
bulletUse the restroom before starting (don't get up after you begin the exam)
bulletNo eating or drinking (put away the soda, munchies and butts)
bulletTake as much time as you need, and don't stop until you've completed the exam to the best of your ability.
bulletBe sure to answer all questions, since "no answer" is automatically wrong!
 

After you've completed this exam, print the answer page and score yourself.  Good luck!

PRACTICE QUESTIONS BEGIN AFTER THE BLANK SPACE BELOW. 

NO PEEKING UNTIL YOU'RE READY TO TAKE THE EXAM!

PRACTICE EXAM BEGINS HERE.

1.

 Diagram for question 1

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

A. Annually
B: Every two years
C. Every five years.
D. Every ten years.

 

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

A. Door open button.
B. Emergency stop button.
C. Safety edge.
D. Door close button.

 

3. Local Law 5 is the NYC law that

A. included regulations for hotels
B. regulated office buildings.
C. regulated hazardous materials.
D. set standards for provisions for handicapped persons.

 

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

A. They report to the stairway of the floor below the fire
B. They direct the fire department to the location of the fire.
C. They use fire hoses to fight fires.
D. They're building employees.

 

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

A. 1506.
B. 1620.
C. 2642.
D. 1502.

 

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

A. Leave him there.
B. Take him to a designated stairway.
C. Carry him down the stairs.
D. Let him wait for the fire department.

 

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?

A. 5.
B. 6.
C. 7.
D. 8.

 

8. When are locks allowed on elevator doors?

A. When locks can be operated by owner's master key.
B. When locks can be operated by city-wide standard elevator key.
C. When elevator is used exclusively for passengers.
D. Locks can never be installed on elevator doors.

 

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

A. Fire Safety Director.
B. Deputy Fire Safety Director.
C. Building Evacuation Supervisor.
D. Fire Guard.

 

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

A. Internal pull stations.
B. Public address system.
C. Sprinkler system.
D. Two way voice communications.

 

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

A. Elevator lobby smoke detector.
B. Manual pull station.
C. Duct smoke detector.
D. Sprinkler flow switch.

 

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

A. Fire command station.
B. Regular location of Fire Safety Director.
C. Building manager's office.
D. Mechanical control center.

 

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

A. One spare for each head in the system, stored at the main shutoff valve.
B. Six spares, stored at the main shutoff valve.
C. One spare for each head in the system, stored at the FCS.
D. Six spares, stored at the FCS.

 

14. Which of the following would be considered flammable?

A. Flameproofed wool curtain
B. Puddle of gasoline
C. Thick piece of wood
D. Slab of concrete

 

15. Which of the following is NOT true about the Building Evacuation Supervisor?

A. Is not usually required in a J-1 building.
B. Is not usually involved in fire prevention activities.
C. Is required to have a Certificate of Fitness.
D. Must be knowledgeable and able to operate the FCS.

 

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

A. To the stairway of the floor above the fire floor.
B. To the stairway of the fire floor.
C. To the stairway of the floor below the fire floor.
D. To the Fire Command Station.

 

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

A. CO2.
B. H2O.
C. Dry chemical.
D. Foam.

 

18.

Diagram for question 18.

What does the diagram above show?

A. Siamese connection.
B. Roof manifold.
C. Check valve.
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?

A. You're on the occupancy side of a door in an class E building.
B. You're on the occupancy side of a door in a class J-1 building.
C. You're at the Fire Command Station.
D. You're on the stair side of a door.

 

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

A. 7,500 sq. ft.
B. 10,000 sq. ft.
C. 15,000 sq. ft.
D. Unlimited.

 

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

A. Go back to their normal work.
B. Help fight the fire.
C. Notify building occupants of the fire department's arrival.
D. Report to the Fire Command Station.

 

22.

Diagram for question 22.

What is the device in the above diagram?

A. Sprinkler head.
B. Check valve.
C. OS&Y valve.
D. Waterflow indicator.

 

 

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

A. No closer than 10 feet nor further than 35 feet from call button.
B. No more than 15 feet from call button.
C. No more than 4 feet from call button.
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

A. 3 hours.
B. 6 hours.
C. 12 hours.
D. 24 hours.

 

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

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

A. Acknowledge the first and second floor alarms and send someone to check the floors for smoke.
B. Acknowledge the first and second floor alarms and call in an alarm to the Fire Department.
C. Acknowledge the first and second floor alarms and disregard them.
D. Acknowledge the first and second floor alarms and notify the central station to disregard them.

 

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

A. "In case of fire do not use elevators unless otherwise instructed."
B. "In case of fire elevators are out of order."
C. "In case of fire do not use stairs unless otherwise instructed."
D. "In case of fire use stairs unless otherwise instructed."

 

28. Which statement is true?

A. A scissors stair has a standpipe at every floor.
B. A scissors stair has a standpipe at every other floor.
C. A scissors stair has a standpipe at every third floor.
D. A return stair has a standpipe at every other floor.

 

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

A. 135-165oF
B. 175-212oF
C. 250-286oF
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?

A. Have the paint on the sprinkler heads removed.
B. Have the sprinkler heads repainted to their original color.
C. Have the sprinkler heads replaced.
D. Do nothing; the paint won't effect the operation of the sprinkler heads.

 

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

A. Every floor.
B. Every second floor.
C. Every third floor.
D. Every fourth floor.

 

32.

Diagram for question 32.

What does the diagram above show?

A. Single action pull station.
B. Double action pull station.
C. Triple action pull station.
D. Spade handle pull station.

 

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

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

 

34. Which is true about portable fire extinguishers?

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

 

35. Instructions for range hoods should be kept

A. in the kitchen at the entrance under glass.
B. in the kitchen no less than 10 nor more than 35 feet from hood.
C. at the Fire Command Station.
D. under water.

 

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

A. Daily.
B. Weekly.
C. Monthly.
D. Semi-annually.

 

37. All of the following must be done annually EXCEPT

A. Operational test of kitchen hood extinguisher system.
B. New smoke detector and and alarm books started.
C. Field flame test of all flameproofed curtains and drapes.
D. Operational test of portable fire extinguishers.

 

38. All are true about smoke detectors EXCEPT

A. cleaned semiannually.
B. sensitivity tested annually.
C. battery operated types tested weekly.
D. visually inspected monthly.

 

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?

A. FDNY High Rise Unit
B. FDNY Bureau of Fire Prevention
C. FDNY local fire company
D. building owner

 

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

A. Call 911 from the nearest public phone
B. Go to a FDNY alarm box, pull the handle and return to the FSD
C. Pull the nearest fire alarm sending station in the building and wait for fire engines to arrive
D. Go to the nearest FDNY alarm box, activate the alarm, respond verbally if necessary, and wait for fire engines to arrive

 
 

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

A. Guest room bedspreads
B. Auditorium curtains
C. Clothing for sale
D. Wooden sculpture

 

42.

Diagram for question 42.

What is the device in the above diagram?

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

  

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

A. 35 feet
B. 100 feet
C. 125 feet
D. 145 feet

 

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

A. Fire and booster pumps
B. Alarm, communication and stair pressurization systems
C. At least three elevators at one time
D. Emergency lights (battery operated)

 

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

A. Daily
B. Weekly
C. Monthly
D. Annually

 

46. What is a "sky lobby"?

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

 

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

A. Red
B. Yellow
C. Green
D. Silver or aluminum

 

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

A. Nothing; it should continue to operate normally.
B. It should return to the ground floor without stopping
C. It should return to its highest floor
D. It should return to its lowest served floor

 

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

A. Rollover
B. Flashover
C. Backdraft
D. Incipient

 

50. Conduction is heat transfer by

A. Movement of air or liquid
B. Direct contact
C. Heat waves
D. All of the above

 

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

A. becomes a Class A fire.
B. becomes a Class B fire.
C. remains a Class C fire.
D. becomes a Class D fire.

 

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

A. Door open button.
B. Emergency stop button.
C. Safety edge.
D. Door close button.

 

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

A. Must be an RP&Y type valve.
B. Must have five spare sprinkler heads and wrench nearby.
C. Must be chained shut.
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?

A. Green means that water will automatically flow from sprinklers when fused.
B. Yellow means that there are both standpipes and non-automatic sprinklers.
C. Red means that there are standpipes.
D. Aluminum means sprinklers will not operate until the fire department hooks up to the siamese.

 

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

A. No times.
B. Once.
C. Twice.
D. Three times.

 

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

A. One year.
B. Two years
C. Three years
D. Four years.

 

57.

Diagram for question 57.

What is the device in the above diagram?

A. OS&Y valve.
B. Check valve.
C. Sprinkler head.
D. Waterflow indicator.

 

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

A. Air, fuel, heat.
B. Earth, wind, fire.
C. Paper, air, matches.
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?

A. Automatic wet sprinkler system.
B. Automatic dry sprinkler system.
C. Non-automatic sprinkler system.
D. Standpipe system

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

A. Prevent reverse flow of water into the roof tank.
B. Prevent reverse flow of water to the siamese connection.
C. Shut off water to standpipes.
D. Prevents water from freezing in the siamese connection.

 

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

A. the ball drip valve is defective
B. the lower check valve is defective.
C. the upper check valve is defective.
D. the ball float valve is defective.

 

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

A. Missing spare sprinkler head.
B. Shut water supply valve.
C. Defective siamese connection.
D. Empty roof tank.

 

63.

Diagram for question 63.

What is the device in the above diagram?

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

 

64. Typically, a ball float would be found

A. in the basement
B. in an elevator shaft.
C. in a stairwell.
D. on the roof.

 

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

A. Only the sprinkler which has exceeded its rating.
B. All sprinklers on that floor.
C. All sprinklers in the building.
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

A. Upper check valve.
B. Lower check valve.
C. Ball drip valve.
D. Fire alarm panel.

 

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

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

 

68.

Diagram for question 68.

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

A. One.
B. Ten.
C. One hundred.
D. One per station.

 

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

A. blueprints.
B. engineering diagrams.
C. floor diagrams.
D. "you are here" diagrams.

 

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

A. during the operations, and when the operations are complete.
B. during the operations, when the operations are complete, and a half hour later.
C. during the operations, when the operations are complete, a half hour later, and an hour after that.
D. during the operations, when the operations are complete, a half hour later, and a half hour after that.

 

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

A. None.
B. One.
C. One per shift.
D. One per floor.

 

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

A. Door open button.
B. Emergency stop button.
C. Safety edge.
D. Door close button.

 

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

A. Operate the fire command station
B. Provide the fire safety plan
C. Direction evacuations
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?

A. One
B. Two
C. Three
D. Four

 

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

A. Direct evacuations.
B. Certificate of Fitness.
C. Supply information to fire command station.
D. Make sure exits are unlocked and unblocked

 

76. What is a roof manifold used for?

A. Filling the gravity tank.
B. Fight roof fires.
C. Testing water flow.
D. As a substitute Siamese connection.

 

77.

Diagram for question 77.

The fire department uses this device to

A. fight roof fires.
B: test waterflow.
C. increase water pressure while fighting fires.
D. prevent backflow of water into gravity tank.

 

78. Which of the following would be considered inflammable?

A. Flameproofed wool curtain
B. Puddle of gasoline
C. Thick piece of wood
D. Slab of concrete

 

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

A. Function as fire safety directors during the absence of fire safety director.
B. Act as subordinates to fire safety directors.
C. Maintain records as required by law.
D. Must have Certificate of Fitness.

 

80. Which is true about plenums and raceways?

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

 

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

A. Water flow from sprinkler system.
B. Operation of 1620 key in keyed switch in the elevator lobby.
C. Manual pull station.
D. Activation of elevator lobby smoke detector.

 

82. How often must sprinkler heads must be changed?

A. Annually.
B. Every two years.
C. Every five years.
D. Only after activation.

 

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

A. Only permitted in Class E buildings
B. Fans must supply 100% outdoor air
C. Required in addition to sprinklers
D. Activated by smoke detector

 

84. What is a "blind" shaftway?

A. A floor where an elevator cannot stop because there are no hoistway doors.
B. A floor where an elevator cannot stop because the hoistway doors are locked.
C. A floor where an elevator cannot stop because the floor is locked out at the control panel.
D. Any side of the elevator shaft where there are no doors.

 

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

A. open.
B. closed.
C. defective.
D. been subjected to excessive pressure.

 

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

A. Daily.
B. Weekly.
C. Monthly.
D. Semi-annually.

 

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

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

 

88. A multipurpose fire extinguisher can be used on

A. Class A and B fires
B. Class B and C fires
C. Class A and C fires
D. Class A, B and C fires.

 

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

A. One year.
B. Two years.
C. Three years.
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?

A. FDNY High Rise Unit
B. Building electrician
C. Central station.
D. Building owner

 

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

A. the siamese from freezing.
B. backflow into the water main.
C. backflow into the gravity tank.
D. excess water pressure into standpipe hoses.

 

92. The primary duty of the fire brigade is to

A. evacuate occupants of the building.
B. use fire extinguishers to fight fires.
C. show the fire department where the fire is.
D. report to the Fire Command Station.

 

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

A. that the door can be opened if the power fails.
B. that the door cannot be opened if the power fails.
C. that a power failure will have no effect on the door.
D. that the door is always locked.

 

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

A. To the Fire Safety Director.
B. To the floor below the fire floor.
C. To the Fire Command Station.
D. To the mechanical control center.

 

95. "RCNY" is the abbreviation for

A. Regulation Code of New York.
B. Regulations of the City of New York.
C. Regulatory Code of New York.
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

A. directly to the fire department
B. directly to a central station
C. within the building
D. nowhere – the box is out of service.

 

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

A. Deputy Fire Safety Director
B. Fire Safety Director
C. Fire Warden
D. None of the above

 

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

A. the siamese from freezing.
B. backflow into the water main.
C. backflow into the gravity tank.
D. excess water pressure into standpipe hoses.

 

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

A. between 10 and 35 feet.
B. 75 feet.
C. 125 feet.
D. 150 feet.

 

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

A. By letters in alphabetical order.
B. By letters in any order.
C. By numbers in numerical order.
D. By numbers in any order.

 

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