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Quiz: Test your knowledge of residential structure fire tactics

Take this quiz to see how well you know tactics, terminology and tools used in residential structure fires



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By Tim Nowak, FireRescue1 Contributor

Residential structure fires represent three-quarters of all structure fires in the U.S., accounting for 358,500 fire department responses from 2011-2015.

According to NFPA research, residential fires are responsible for:

  • 93 percent of all civilian structure fire deaths
  • 87 percent of all civilian structure fire injuries
  • 68 percent of total direct damage in structure fires

Are you an expert on residential structure fire tactics? Try your hand at this quiz and challenge your fellow firefighters to beat your score.

Tim is the founder and CEO of Emergency Medical Solutions, LLC, an EMS training and consulting company that he developed in 2010. He has nearly two decades of experience in the emergency services industry, having worked as a career firefighter, paramedic and critical care paramedic in a variety of urban, suburban, rural and in-hospital environments. His background includes nearly a decade of company officer and chief officer level experience, in addition to training content delivery and program development spanning his entire career. He is experienced in EMS operations, community paramedicine, quality assurance, data management, training, special operations and administration disciplines, and holds credentials as both a supervising and managing paramedic officer.

Tim also has active experience as a columnist and content developer with over 200 published works and over 100 hours of education content available online, and is a social media influencer on LinkedIn within the EMS industry. Connect with him on LinkedIn or at