Safety Bulletin 1
1. When would it not be permissible to use sirens and/or warning devices? (Sec. 1.2,
(A) When operating or responding to an alarm. When operating at an incident, particularly
when located in or near the path of traffic, all warning lights shall be “ON”
(B) Upon return to quarters, in preparation for and while backing into quarters.
(C) When relocating to the quarters of another unit.
(D) When returning from relocation to the quarters of another unit.
2. Which choice shows a proper understanding of the use of apparatus sirens? (Sec. 3.1,
3.3, 4.3, 5.1, 5.4)
(A) Electro-mechanical sirens shall be constantly operated at their peak.
(B) The use of the “High-Low” mode on the electronic sirens is prohibited.
(C) In general, the siren should be operated in the “Yelp” mode, except when encountering
heavy traffic or upon approach to an intersection. Upon approaching an intersection, the siren
should be switched from ‘Yelp” to “Wail”
(D) Tests have shown that sirens are almost always effective in warning vehicular traffic of the
approach of emergency vehicles.
3. The siren is aspeed warning device linked to about afoot range and
speed of aboutmiles per hour. (Sec. 6.4)
Low, 300, 40
Low, 125, 30
High, 200, 40
High, 250, 50
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4. The Officer shall ensure that all members are utilized when the apparatus is backing up.
Which precaution is not stated correctly for apparatus operating in reverse gear? (Sec. 3.3,
(A) Take advantage of traffic signals and all warning lights shall be used.
(B) The windows on both the chauffeur and officer’s side of the front cab shall be lowered.
(C) When the apparatus is approaching an intersection in reverse, the apparatus shall slow
down before backing into the intersection. The apparatus shall not back into the intersection
until the chauffeur determines it is safe.
(D) When warning motorists, members shall never position themselves in front of a lane of
traffic, even if the vehicles are stopped.
(E) When backing up at operations, it is safer and more reliable to rely on hand signals between
the chauffeur and other members rather than the HT to communicate.
5. Ladder 177, a tiller apparatus, is backing into quarters after operating at an all-hands fire.
Choose the one action that should be corrected. (Sec. 4.3, 4,4, 4.5, 5.1, 5.2)
(A) When the front of the apparatus is completely on the sidewalk, the Lt. gave the order to
allow the stopped vehicular traffic to proceed.
(B) When the apparatus is being slowly backed into quarters, all members shall be outside of
(C) When the apparatus was completely in quarters and braked, the Lt. ordered the apparatus entrance doors closed and the unit status updated on the teleprinter.
(D) It was not possible to center the apparatus in the entrance door, so the tiller EF brought the
apparatus closer to the officer’s side because the chauffeur’s side of the apparatus was blind to
the entrance door.
6. While discussing parking of apparatus on Building Inspection with a new Lieutenant, Capt.
Red made several statements. Which were correct?
1. The most important rule is that the apparatus should never be double parked.
2. Never permit the apparatus to protrude into the flow of traffic.
3. On days when visibility is poor, use all the lights necessary, including emergency lights, to
alert other drivers to the unit’s presence.
4. When inspections are being made in areas of “Dead End” streets, the apparatus should be
positioned to face in the direction of response.
5. The chauffeur shall select the parking site.
6. Do not use space near hydrants for parking.
7. Always chock the wheels of the apparatus.
8. Do not park in bus stops or alongside building materials located beyond the sidewalk at
construction or demolition sites.
use all the lights necessary, except emergency lights,
OFFICER SELECTS SITE
USE HYDRANTS FOR PARKING IF NECCESSSARY
CHOCK WHEN PARKED ON INCLINE OR DECLINE
7. In preparation of a Nor’easter that is expected to affect NYC, the Officer discussed safety
tips to follow when driving with the chauffeur. Which one was incorrect?
(A) The most hazardous driving conditions are found in packed snow and ice, followed by the
early part of a rainfall.
(B) With a half inch of rain, your tires begin to lose contact with the road at 30 mph; at 60 mph
you’re running entirely on water like a boat
(C) Bad weather is a challenge to a person’s driving ability, not the reason for an accident.
(D) When the apparatus is equipped with a Front Wheel Limiting Valve, engaging the valve in
the “Slippery Road” position will reduce the possibility of jackknife or rear end skid.
8. During the initial stages of an operation, double parking and angle parking of the apparatus
is sometimes unavoidable. Which is not a safety precaution to follow in these situations?
(A) Position a danger flag, and when necessary, due to poor visibility, a danger flag and
warning light at the outer perimeter of the exposed side of the apparatus to alert other drivers.
(B) When necessary to double park apparatus on a one-way street, park to the right side of the
road when facing in the direction of traffic flow; and park on the left side of the road when
facing against traffic flow.
(C) As soon as conditions permit, the Officer in Command of the incident should contact the
commanding Police Officer present in order to establish “Fire Lines”
(D) When the incident is declared under control, the repositioning of the apparatus should at all
times be done by the chauffeur and tiller FF of the particular unit to which the apparatus is
9. Which guideline concerning pre-planning for responses is incorrect? (Sec. 2.1.1, 2.1.3,
(A) Company Commanders of Units shall designate an area on the apparatus floor where
members shall properly and safely don their Personal Protective Clothing in response to alarms.
(B) Officers shall conduct an inspection of the apparatus with the chauffeur and tiller FF if
(C) Immediate after the apparatus inspection, the Officer will consult with the chauffeur (and
tiller FF) if applicable of any present modifications to response routes.
(D) Battalion Commanders shall ensure the maintenance at the housewatch desk of accurate
route cards for the information of regularly assigned and relocated personnel.
10. When responding from quarters or outside activities, there are actions that will increase the
safety of the response. Which is not one of them? (Sec. 3.2.1, 3.2.2, 3.2.6, 3.3, 4.5)
(A) All members, except the Officer, chauffeur and tiller FF (if tiller apparatus) shall board the
apparatus outside of quarters.
(B) The Officer shall determine when the apparatus is ready to proceed.
(C) When leaving quarters, the chauffeur shall use all lights and warning devices necessary to
(D) Consider each lane in an intersection as a separate and distinct intersection.
(E) “U” turns shall never be made.
11. An apparatus must stop for school buses when responding to or returning from alarms in
all choices except which one? (Reference #1)
(A) When the bus has its yellow lights flashing.
(B) When the bus is showing a visual signal indicating stop.
(C) When children are being loaded or discharged from the bus.
(D) When approaching a stopped bus with flashing red lights from any direction.
12. When an apparatus has stopped as required for a school bus, when can it resume motion?
(Reference # 1)
(A) When the bus resumes motion.
(B) When the bus driver signals the unit to proceed.
(C) When a police officer signals the unit to proceed.
(D) All of the above.