AFD Lieutenant -- 2012
Sample Test

Following are 20 questions taken from the Official Book List for the 2012 Written Test for Lieutenant. These are the same types of questions that will be asked on the practice tests that will be given in the Allwrite-Testing Test Preparation Workshop. The practice tests will cover all of the source material on the Book List.

There is one and only one correct answer for each question. Base you answers on the source material from which the question is taken. If there is a conflict between the source material and how things are actually done on the AFD, base you answer on the source material. The source of each question appears in bold face at the end of each question.

Following the questions is a link to the correct answers.

Questions 1-4 are taken from Norman, Fire Officer's Handbook of Tactics, 3rd edition, and are to be answered in accordance with this text.

1. The deciding factor in determining tactics and procedures must be:

A. can the fire be confined?
B. is there sufficient personnel available to perform a coordinated attack?
C. life hazard
D. water supply.

page 9; para. 4

2. One of the misconceptions about backdraft situations is that:

A. they won't occur in large buildings.
B. they don't occur at fires that are free-burning.
C. they can only occur once.
D. water application is equally effective before or after topside ventilation.

page 35; para. 4

3. The biggest difference in fire operations in garden apartments and townhouse buildings from other apartment buildings is due to:

A. the heavy prevalence of lightweight combustible construction.
B. the extended cockloft.
C. getting enough water onto the fire through long stretches of hoseline.
D. the difficulty in quickly getting engine companies close to the fire.

page 303; para. 2

4. For heavy fires in stores, the emphasis should be on:

A. overwhelming the fire with 800-1000 gpm or more.
B. a defensive attack.
C. getting a ladder tower or elevating platform above the fire.
D. getting ahead of the fire and working back.

page 320; para. 3

Questions 6-8 are taken from Fire and Emergency Services Company Officer, 4th edition, and are to be answered in accordance with this text.

5. An informal process of giving motivational direction, positive reinforcement, and constructive feedback to employees in order to maintain and improve their performances and ensure successful performance is the definition of:

A. Coaching.
B. Mentoring.
C. Counseling.
D. Leading.

p. 64; col. 2, para. 2

6. Which of the following must establish the personnel accountability system for unit members and the expanding NIMS-ICS?

A. The senior officer at the scene.
B. The first-arriving company officer.
C. The safety officer.
D. The RIT company officer.

p. 444; col. 1, para. 3

7. To be a successful agent of change, the company officer must:

A. be convinced that the changes being implemented are essential to the success of the organization.
B. understand the reasons for employee resistance and the methods used to overcome those reasons.
C. go back to basics and start with building a shared vision for the organization's goals.
D. delegate important elements of the change to subordinates to ensure they have "ownership" of the change process.

p. 526, col. 2, para. 4

8. The most critical aspect of successful team development is:

A. to ensure that all team members understand and accept the binding interest of the team.
B. to ensure that all members understand and accept the role they play on the team.
C. to reduce the amount of time the group spends in the storming phase.
D. for the team leader to establish both formal and informal authority.

p. 609; bottom to 610

Questions 9-13 are taken from Kolditz, In Extremis Leadership, and are to be answered in accordance with this text.

9. "Inherent motivation" in extremis contexts occurs as a result of:

A. the consequence of death.
B. shared risk with followers.
C. team values.
D. the attraction of personal challenge.

p. 4; para. 4

10. Leadership in dangerous contexts places incredible demands on leaders who view virtually all outcomes as related to:

A. preparation and focus.
B. their personal competence and ability.
C. aggressiveness and resilience.
D. decision-making and problem solving.

p. 12; para. 2

11. Motivation is most powerful when paired with an emphasis on:

A. fear.
B. experience.
C. learning.
D. trust.

p.27; Lesson One

12. Interestingly, then, as the danger in the environment increases, the self-focus of the experienced in extremis leaders decreases, along with:

A. self-awareness.
B. judgment.
C. awareness of consequences.
D. their experience of emotion.

p. 117; last para.

13. Inspiration is achieved by exceeding people's expectations. There is no better time to exceed expectations than when:

A. correcting mistakes.
B. in extremis.
C. all involved in the situation share the same goals.
D. an employee or follower is grieving and at perhaps the saddest point in their lives.

p. 143; para. 1

Questions 14-18 are taken from the AFD Policies and Procedures and are to be answered in accordance with these documents.

14. Which of the following shall assume Lobby Control at a High Rise fire?

A. Second-arriving truck company.
B. Second-arriving engine company.
C. Third-arriving engine company.
D. Fourth-arriving engine company.

A201.1, High Rise; p. 5, (IV)(7)

15. Size-up should address the following three basic questions: What do I have? Where is it going? and:

A. What resources are available?
B. What can I do to control it?
C. Are rescue operations required?
D. What mode of operations is needed?

A102.2, Fireground Operations; p. 5 (IV)(5)(a)

16. Primary considerations often unique to apartment fires are the configuration of the complex; fire exposure to buildings in proximity to the fire building; and:

A. long hose lays.
B. property conservation.
C. obtaining an adequate water supply.
D. access and egress.

A106, Residential/Apt. Fires; p. 1, (IV)(A)

17. In Commercial Structure Fires, which of the following is the preferred strategy after sprinkler supplementation?

A. A blitz attack.
B. Confinement to an area inside the occupancy of origin.
C. A coordinated attack.
D. A direct attack.

A107, Commercial Structure Fires; p. 3 (IV)(F)(2)

18. Which of the following should be documented in the Special Notes section of the Professional Development Evaluation (PDE)?

A. Determine if there are other areas that are unacceptable or need improvement.
B. Establish a professional development plan with the employee.
C. List any new duties or goals for the employee to accomplish during the next grading period.
D. All of the above.

E305, PDE; pp. 5 and 6, (IV)(E)(2)(h)

Questions 19-20 are taken from the AFD Training Manual and are to be answered in accordance with these documents.

19. The Commercial Structures Fires Training Manual mentions two factors that combine to expose firefighters to prolonged zero visibility conditions in enclosed commercial structures. One is the lack of openings. The other factor is:

A. dropped ceilings.
B. sprinkler systems.
C. the large space contributing to the time to locate the fire.
D. fire doors and fire curtains.

TM, Commercial Structures Fires; p. 8, #4

20. With respect to Stack Effect, the difference between internal and external temperatures creates pressure, which can move air and therefore smoke throughout the building. These pressure differences are very small and can be easily overcome by:

A. proper stairwell pressurization.
B. horizontal ventilation.
C. an indirect attack.
D. closing apartment or other compartment doors.

TM, High Rise; p. 28, bullets 4&5


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