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1:  Who usually arrives at a fire first, fire fighters or a trained fire investigator?
A: A trained fire investigator
B: Fire fighters
C: They usually arrive at the same time, but separately
D: They usually arrive at the same time, riding the same apparatus

2:  What is the precise definition of arson?
A: The malicious burning of property with a criminal intent
B: The malicious burning of property
C: The deliberate burning of property
D: The burning of property

3:  Every fire has a starting point where ignition occurs and fuel begins to burn. What is this location called?
A: The head
B: Ground zero
C: The point of origin
D: The incipient phase

4:  Until a specific cause is established for a fire, how should investigators classify its cause?
A: Arson
B: Deliberate
C: Accidental
D: Undetermined

5:  What organization investigates major incidents around the world to identify factors that contributed to an unusual number of deaths or widespread property damage?
A: BOCC
B: NIOSH
C: NFPA
D: OSHA

6:  With respect to a given fire, what is defined as the particular set of circumstances that brought the ignition source into contact with the fuel?
A: The chain of events
B: The cause of the fire
C: The proximal sequence
D: The source of origin

7:  What would be an example of the fire cause improper use of approved equipment?
A: Placing a heater too close to a flammable material
B: Toasting a second batch of bread without letting the toaster cool in between
C: Old, deteriorating wire heating up under normal load
D: Installing a furnace with too little clearance from walls

8:  During what stage of a fire is evidence most often found?
A: Primary search
B: Salvage and overhaul
C: Size-up
D: Secondary search

9:  Which type of residential fire cause was responsible for the most civilian deaths, according to NFPA statistics published in 2007?
A: Cooking equipment
B: Smoking materials
C: Open flame
D: Appliance

10:  Evidence used in court is either direct or:
A: hearsay.
B: inadmissible.
C: forensic.
D: circumstantial.

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