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Fire Engine Trivia Quiz Questions With Answers

Trivia quiz questions with answers about fire engines

 

Fire Engine Trivia Quiz Questions With Answers

What is a fire engine?
A: A fire engine (also known in some territories as a fire truck or fire appliance) is a vehicle designed primarily for firefighting operations.

The terms "fire engine" and "fire truck" are often used how?
A: Interchangeably; however in some fire departments/fire services they refer to separate and specific types of vehicle.

The primary purposes of a fire engine include what?
A: Transporting firefighters to an incident scene, providing water with which to fight a fire, and carrying other equipment needed by firefighters.

Specialized apparatus are used to provide hazardous what?
A: Hazardous materials mitigation and technical rescue.

A typical modern fire engine will carry tools for a wide range of firefighting tasks, with common equipment including what?
A: A pump, a water tank, hoses, ground ladders, hand tools, self-contained breathing apparatuses, BLS (basic life support) equipment, and first aid kits.

Many fire vehicles are based on standard what?
A: Standard vehicle models (although some parts may be upgraded to cope with the demands of the vehicles' usage).

They are normally fitted with audible and visual what?
A: Warnings, as well as communication equipment such as two-way radios and mobile computer technology.

 
The standard fire engine is an apparatus designed primarily for what?
A: Firefighting operations.

The primary purpose of the engine is transporting firefighters to the scene, providing a limited supply of water with which to fight the fire, and carrying what?
A: Tools, equipment, and hoses needed by the firefighters.

The tools carried on the fire engine will vary greatly based on many factors including the size of what?
A: The department and what sort of terrain the department must handle.

For example, departments located near large bodies of water or rivers are likely to have what?
A: Some sort of water rescue equipment.

Standard tools found on nearly all fire engines include what?
A: Ladders, hydraulic rescue tools (often referred to as the jaws of life), floodlights, fire hose, fire extinguishers, self-contained breathing apparatus, and thermal imaging cameras.

The exact layout of what is carried on an engine is decided by what?
A: The needs of the department.

For example, fire departments located in metropolitan areas will carry equipment to do what?
A: Mitigate hazardous materials and effect technical rescues, while departments that operate in the wildland-urban interface will need the gear to deal with brush fires.

 
Compartments in the rear hold essential tools for different types of emergency calls, and the apparatus often holds what?
A: A reserve of water as well.

Some fire engines have a fixed deluge gun, also known as a what?
A: A master stream, which directs a heavy stream of water to wherever the operator points it.

An additional feature of engines are their pre-connected hose lines, commonly referred to as what?
A: Preconnects.

The preconnects are attached to the engine's onboard water supply and allow firefighters to do what?
A: To quickly mount an aggressive attack on the fire as soon as they arrive on scene.

When the onboard water supply runs out, the engine is connected to what?
A: Fire hydrants or water tenders and can also use natural sources such as rivers or reservoirs.

What is perhaps the best-known form of special purpose aerial apparatus?
A: A turntable ladder. What is it used for?
A: To gain access to fires occurring at height using a large telescopic ladder.

 
The name is derived from what?
A: From the fact that the large ladder is mounted on a turntable on the back of a truck chassis, allowing it to pivot around a stable base.

To increase its length, the ladder is what?
A: Telescopic.

Modern telescopic ladders are either hydraulic or what?
A: Pneumatic.

These mechanical features allow the use of ladders which are what?
A: Longer, sturdier, and more stable.

They may also have pre-attached what?
A: Hoses or other equipment.

A ladder can also be mounted where?
A: Behind the cab.

This is sometimes called a what?
A: A "mid-ship" and the arrangement allows a lower travel height for the truck.

 
In the United States, some turntable ladders with additional functions such as an onboard pump, a water tank, fire hose, aerial ladder and multiple ground ladders, are known as what?
A: Quad or quint engines, indicating the number of functions they perform.

What is the highest TL in the world?
A: The Magirus M68L.

What is its range?
A: 223 feet (68 meters).

In the United States, a tiller truck, also known as a tractor-drawn aerial, tiller ladder, or hook-and-ladder truck, is a specialized what?
A: Turntable ladder mounted on a semi-trailer truck.

Unlike a commercial semi, the trailer and tractor are permanently what?
A: Connected and special tools are required to separate them.

It has two drivers, with separate what?
A: Steering wheels for front and rear wheels.

One of the main features of the tiller-truck is its enhanced what?
A: Maneuverability.

 
The independent steering of the front and back wheels allow the tiller to make what?
A: Much sharper turns, which is particularly helpful on narrow streets and in apartment complexes with maze-like roads.

An additional feature of the tiller-truck is that its overall length, over 50 feet (15 m) for most models, allows for what?
A: Additional storage of tools and equipment.

Some departments elect to use tiller-quints, which are tiller trucks that have what added feature?
A: Being fitted with an on-board water tank.

These are particularly useful for smaller departments that do not have enough personnel to do what?
A: To staff both an engine company and a truck company.

Some aerials have a platform, also known as a “what” mounted at the top of the ladder?
A: Basket or bucket.

These are commonly known as what?
A: Platform trucks.

Many platforms also allow for rescues to be performed and are outfitted with what?
A: Tie down clips and rappelling arms.

 
There are also platform trucks that do not have a what?
A: A ladder attached to the platform.

These specialized elevated work platforms are capable of articulating which allows the arm to do what?
A: To bend in one or more places.

This is an advantage over the traditional platform ladder, which can only extend in a what?
A: A straight line and gives the articulating platform the ability to go "up and over" an obstacle.

A heavy rescue vehicle, sometimes referred to as a Rescue Company, Rescue Squad or Technical Rescue, is a what?
A: A type of specialized fire apparatus.

They are primarily designed to do what?
A: To carry specialized equipment for technical rescue situations such as vehicle extrication, machinery rescue, confined space rescue, trench rescue, structural collapse rescue, and water rescue.

In addition to fire and rescue departments, tram or railway companies may have what?
A: Their own dedicated heavy rescue squads.

Wildland firefighting requires vehicles that can easily negotiate what?
A: Difficult terrain and high-gradient roads, be self-reliant, and have high clearances for wheels and suspension.

These wildland fire engines are traditionally smaller than standard fire apparatus and are primarily used for what?
A: For vegetation fires or wildland fires.

Why do most wildland engines feature four-wheel drive capability?
A: To improve hill climbing and rough terrain capability.

Some wildland apparatus can pump water while doing what?
A: While driving, allowing "running attacks" on vegetation fires to minimize the rate of spread.