Judgment and Reasoning for Firefighter Exam Study Guide
This article will familiarize you with questions on the firefighter exam that test your judgment and reasoning ability. It shows you a systematic approach to answering these questions, using sample questions as examples.
Firefighters have to be able to make sound judgments under pressure: Lives can and do depend on it. Firefighters who react without thinking endanger themselves, their fellow firefighters, and the people they are trying to protect. Judgment and reasoning questions on a firefighter exam are designed to measure your ability to use reason in firefighting situations. Judgment and reasoning questions ask you to play the game "What if?" If you were a firefighter in a given situation, what would you do? The fire department wants to know whether, given a certain set of job-related conditions, you can think on your feet, follow directions, take orders from superiors, and interact with the public. To arrive at the correct answer to this kind of question, you have to analyze a situation and use good judgment and common sense to arrive at a course of action.
What Judgment and Reasoning Questions Are Like
Judgment and reasoning questions may be based on any number of different situations and are presented in varying formats. The following are examples of various kinds of judgment and reasoning questions as they may appear on the test.
- Firefighting operations. After a fire is extinguished, the water in the hose lines must be removed before the hose lines are repacked onto the fire truck. The best place to remove this water is.…
- Firehouse routines. Each shift, on arriving at the firehouse, performs a thorough inspection of the tools and equipment. Which of the following best expresses the reason for this procedure?
- Public relations. A man enters the firehouse and tells you he has locked his keys in the car with the ignition running. His puppy is in the car, and it is a very hot day. Which of the following should you do?
- Interpersonal skills. Your superior officer has asked you to give a car a summons for parking in a fire zone at a local shopping mall. When you get to the car, you recognize that it belongs to your neighbor. The best course of action for you to take is to.…
There may also be questions that test your ability to follow directions. You might, for instance, be given a list of procedures to follow in ventilating the roof of a fire building. You would then be given a situation in which a roof needs to be ventilated and be asked which step is the next one you should take, according to the procedure you read.
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