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

S1. How often must the lamps in the fire command station be tested?

Correct!A. Daily. The test button on the fire command center must be pushed daily to see if all the lights are working.
Wrong! B. Weekly
Wrong! C. Monthly
Wrong! D. Semi-annually

 

 

S2. How often must the hard wired smoke detectors be tested with smoke?

Wrong! A. Daily
Wrong! B. Weekly
Wrong! C. Monthly
Correct!D. Annually

 

 

S3. How often must the floor warden phones be tested?

Wrong! A. Daily
Wrong! B. Weekly
Wrong! C. Monthly
Correct! D. Semi-annually

 

This is for your information in case of a fire, and is not on the FSD exam.

S4.  You're in an office, and notice a smell of smoke, so you open the office door and see fairly heavy smoke in the corridor, but no flames.  You quickly close the door, and remember that there's a fire exit about 50 feet away.  What is your best way of getting to the exit?

Wrong! A.  Walk slowly on tip-toes, since the air is usually clearer near the ceiling. Smoke rises, so the smoke will be thicker there.  Breathe deeply, and you'll be overcome sooner, too.
Wrong! B.  Walk at your normal pace, but keep your eyes closed to prevent them from becoming irritated by the smoke.
How about a blindfold, to keep the smoke from your eyes?  Either way, you'll fall over the hand truck the delivery guy left in the corridor, pass out, and die..
Wrong! C.  Hold your breath and run along the wall so as to minimize your time in the smoke.
You'll knock yourself out on the water cooler you forgot about (25 feet along the wall), so you've had it too.
Correct!D.  Crawl along the floor, since the air is usually clearer near the floor. You'll also be able to feel any obstructions.

 

S5.

 Diagram for question S5 (CLOSED OS&Y valve)

The diagram above shows

Wrong! A. a sprinkler head which has fused.
Wrong! B. a sprinkler head which has not fused.
Wrong! C. an OS& Y valve in the open position.
Correct!D.  an OS& Y valve in the closed position The stem is not extended, so the valve is closed.

 

Occupants must be able to access the roof without delay.  That being the case, B and C fit the specification in that a key is required to go to the roof (therefore not acceptable).  D requires a key to get from roof to stairway, which is useful to prevent unauthorized persons entering the building via the roof door (although it also allows people to be trapped on the roof). 
This was not taught as part of the course, but I learned it as a result of receiving the document  in question S14 (below).

S6. Which of the following are not acceptable ways of securing a roof door at the top of a stairway?

Wrong! A. Latch - no key required from either side.
Correct!B. Padlock on stair side.
Correct!C. Panic bar on roof side, key required on stair side
Wrong! D. Panic bar on stair side, key required on roof side.

 

S7. What is the off-duty FSD required to do when the fire alarm is activated?

Wrong! A. Report to the Fire command center
Wrong! B. Report to the floor below the fire floor
Wrong! C. Run to the nearest FDNY pull box and wait for the fire department to arrive
Correct!D. No action is required.  The FSD is off-duty, and may not be in the building (or even in the country).

 

S8.  In an automatic sprinkler system, when one sprinkler exceeds 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.

 

S9. In an non-automatic sprinkler system, when do sprinklers begin to spray water?

Wrong! A. When a sprinkler head has exceeded its temperature rating.
Wrong! B. When the fire alarm is activated.
Wrong! C. When the FSD orders the sprinklers to be turned on.
Correct!D. When the fire department hooks up to the siamese connection and begins to pump water, because it's non-automatic, and not connected to any water supply under normal circumstances.

 

S10.  Burning your hand on a hot coffeepot handle is an example of heat transmission by

Correct!A. conduction.  Heat transfer by direct contact.
Wrong! B. convection
Wrong! C. diffusion
Wrong! D. radiation

 

S11. Burning your hand on steam from a hot cup of coffee is an example of heat transmission by

Wrong! A. conduction
Correct!B. convection.  Heat transfer by fluid or gas movement.
Wrong! C. diffusion
Wrong! D. radiation

 

S12. Feeling your hand being warmed by sunshine is an example of heat transmission by

Wrong! A. conduction
Wrong! B. convection
Wrong! C. diffusion
Correct!D. radiation.  Heat transfer by invisible heat rays.

 

S13. In a fire, what actually burns are

Wrong! A. solids
Wrong! B. liquids
Correct!C. gases.  Solids and liquids must change to gas form before they can burn.
Wrong! D. carbon dioxide


 

S14. The document which is an official notification that a problem exists, and requires that it be remedied within a specified time is called a

Wrong! A. citation
Wrong! B. summons
Wrong! C. ticket
Correct!D. violation.

 

S15.  Which of the following must not be used on a flammable liquid fire?

Wrong! A. CO2
Wrong! B. Foam
Wrong! C. Dry chemical
Correct!D. Water, which would spread the fire without putting it out.

 

S16. Which of the following must not be used on a burning energized electrical panel?

Wrong! A. CO2
Wrong! B. ABC type.
Wrong! C. Dry chemical
Correct!D. Water, which would conduct electricity and possibly shock firefighters.

 

S17. In an automatic sprinkler system in which one of the sprinkler heads has exceeded its rating and has begun to spray water, which of the following will have no effect on the sprinkler?

Correct!A. When the temperature of the sprinkler head goes below its rated temperature. Once the sprinkler head fuses, it sprays water until all water supplies to it are shut off.
Wrong! B. The lower check valve opens.
 
Wrong! C. When the roof tank runs dry.
 
Wrong!
D. The upper check valve closes.

B, C and D all are water sources, and can supply water to the sprinkler system.  Changing the temperature of the fused sprinkler head can have no effect on waterflow, regardless of source.
 

You're visiting, so have no responsibilities.  What would you do to possibly save your life?

S18.  You're visiting a friend on the tenth floor of a 12 story office building (not your site) when a passer-by says that he's heard that there's a fire on the ninth floor.  You neither smell or see smoke, nor have heard anything from a PA system.  What would be your best course of action?

Wrong! A. Take the elevator to the ninth floor to see if there is a fire.   Why go to the reported fire floor?
Wrong! B.  Walk down the access stairs to the ninth floor.
Wrong! C.  Walk down the fire stairs to the ninth floor.
Correct!D.  Walk down the fire stairs to the ground floor.  Better to be safe (and tired) than trapped in a fire!
Wrong! E.  Walk up the fire stairs to the roof. Smoke and flames rise, and there may be no way off the roof.
Wrong! F.  Disregard the passer-by's report; it must be false.
  Are you willing to bet your life on that?
Wrong! G.  Report to the fire command center.
  You don't know the building or its equipment; just stay out of the way.
Wrong! H.  Take the elevator to the ground floor.  You don't use the elevator in case of a fire.

 

This is also for your information in case of a fire, and is not on the FSD exam.  I hope you never have to use this information, but keep it in mind when you check into a hotel.  Make sure your hotel is fully-sprinklered before you check in or make a reservation; there are about 5,000 hotel fires in the U.S. every year!

S19.  You've checked into room 666 of the Firetrap Hotel, overlooking Central Park.  At 2 AM you awaken to the smell of smoke, and turn on a light to see what's wrong.  Smoke is coming in under the corridor door, and it's warm to your touch (the knob too).  You dial the front desk, but no one answers; but you see on the door diagram that a fire stair is four doors down the hall.  What is your best course of action?

Wrong! A.  Use a towel to grasp the knob, open the door and run to the fire stair.  You'd die before you'd make it to the exit, because the corridor is so hot and smoke-filled, as shown by smoke coming under the door.
Wrong! B.  Stand under the shower to keep cool until the fire department arrives to save you.
  Most victims die of smoke inhalation; you may be cool but the smoke will get you.
Wrong! C.  Drop to your knees and pray that you haven't done anything too terrible during your soon-to-end life, and wish that you were a contortionist so you could kiss your ass goodbye.
  Don't give up before all possibilities are exhausted!
Correct!D.  Stuff a wet towel by the bottom of the door to stop the smoke. Using the proper dialing prefix for an outside line, call 911 and describe exactly your situation and where you are to the operator.  Open a window top and bottom to allow smoke to escape and fresh air to enter, wave a pillow case out the window to draw attention to yourself, and wait to be rescued.

 

Six people died in a October 2003 Chicago fire when they were trapped in a locked fire stairway on the 20th and 21st floors, far above the fire on the 12th floor.  Some survivors had to climb to the 27th floor to escape the stairway, and it's not clear why that door was not locked.  Published reports indicate that there are no requirements for unlocked stairway doors in Chicago, nor any requirement for fire safety plans, testing of fire phones, or fire safety directors.

S20.    The 10th floor fire stair door of a class E building is not locked.  Which floor above must the fire stair door also be unlocked?

Wrong! A. 11th floor
Wrong! B. 12th floor
Wrong! C. 13th floor
Correct!D. 14th floor Doors must be unlocked every four floors in a class E building.

 

S21.    The 10th floor fire stair door of a class J-1 building is not locked.  Which floor above must the fire stair door also be unlocked?

Correct!A. 11th floor Doors must be unlocked on every floor of a class J-1 building.
Wrong! B. 12th floor
Wrong! C. 13th floor
Wrong! D. 14th floor

S22.    A vacating tenant has left behind some cans of exterior-grade paint.  Which of these would be appropriate for use on the siamese caps of a building which has only standpipes? This is a vocabulary test as well as a test to see if you know what color is required.

Wrong! A. Cobalt Blue
Wrong! B. Fuchsia Purplish-red
Correct! C. Scarlet RED is the correct color
Wrong! D. Mauve Purple
Wrong! E. Chartreuse Green
Wrong! F. Magenta Purplish-red
Wrong! G. Navy Blue
Wrong! H. Forest Green
Wrong! J. Taupe. Brownish-grey

 

S23.  What is the proper way to prop open a fire door?  This is a trick question, since there is no legal way to prop open a fire door.  Such doors must automatically close, and always be free to close to prevent the spread of smoke and fire.

            Wrong!  A. Use a doorstop attached to the door.
            Wrong! 
B. Use a wedge to hold open the door.
            Wrong!  C. Use a chair or other movable object.
            Correct! D. None of the above.

It is permissible to have fire doors held open by electromagnets connected to the fire alarm system which automatically release when the alarm sounds or power fails.

 

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