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Please read each question and select your answer from the choices provided. You must complete all of the questions in order to view your results. At the end of each exam, you have the option to e-mail your results to your instructor.


1:  What does the word egress mean?
A: A way in; the opposite of exit
B: To fall back and regroup
C: A method to exit or escape
D: To change location vertically

2:  What are the actual steps of a ladder called?
A: The pawls
B: The trusses
C: The rungs
D: The beams

3:  Must fire fighters be able to work on ladders while wearing SCBA?
A: No
B: No, but they must be able to climb ladders in SCBA
C: Yes, but only carrying tools up and down
D: Yes

4:  How safe are wooden or fiberglass ladders around power lines?
A: Both are entirely insulating and therefore safe
B: Wood is safe, fiberglass is not
C: Fiberglass is safe, wood is not
D: If wet or dirty, both wood and fiberglass can conduct electricity

5:  Why should ladders not be placed on manhole covers or trapdoors?
A: Because this practice denies the use of the cover or trapdoor
B: Because these surfaces are notoriously slippery and the ladder may slide
C: Because these structures make an extraordinarily attractive lightning rod when continuous with a metal ladder
D: Because the concentrated weight of fire fighters, ladder and equipment may cause these structures to fail

6:  What is the most important hazard to keep in mind when working with ground ladders?
A: Overhead power lines
B: Slip and fall accidents
C: Pinches to hands or fingers
D: Striking someone with the ladder

7:  Why might already soft ground under a ladder become even more unstable during firefighting operations?
A: Because of the heat from the fire
B: Because of the nearby vibrations from machinery and footfalls
C: Because of the water used for suppression
D: Because of the change in air temperature over a few hours? time

8:  What should be done with fire service ladders that have been used outside of their design limits?
A: Nothing if there is no sign of damage, discoloration or distortion
B: They should be visually inspected and pronounced fit
C: They should be taken out of service for visual inspection
D: They should be taken out of service for inspection and testing

9:  Another name for a pawl is?
A: Rabbet
B: Dog
C: Lock
D: Stock

10:  Other than touching power lines, what is another hazard of ladders being placed close to them?
A: If a ladder does touch a power line, it can become instantly welded to the line
B: Ladders can become energized even without actually touching the power line
C: Power lines can spontaneously fall, and might drape the ladder
D: A person losing their balance while climbing or descending the ladder might grab the power line

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