FM 101 Fire Marshal Test

Time Limit: 2 hours 30 minutes Number of Questions: 100


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The Fire Marshal test series was designed to assess whether candidates have the competencies to perform successfully as a fire marshal or deputy/assistant fire marshal, depending on the size of the department. FM 101 contains six subtests, which are listed below along with examples of the competencies they assess.

Note: This is the non-supervisory version of the test. For the supervisory version, please see FM 102-S.

  1. Fire Inspections and Code Enforcement. Ensure candidates know the steps to follow when conducting an inspection, including recognizing and eliminating fire hazards, in various types of structures and properties.
  2. Building Construction. Candidates should have knowledge of the engineering methods involved in building construction as they relate to fire prevention and protection, this includes knowledge of the types, features and recommended use of fire and smoke detection and alarm systems, as well as water distribution and extinguishment systems.
  3. Fire Behavior and Cause Determination. This section assesses candidates’ knowledge of fire causes and their ability to combine pieces of information to form general conclusions, including finding relationships among seemingly unrelated events. It also assesses knowledge of basic fire science principles including the combustion and burning process, sources of heat energy and structural factors affecting fire spread.
  4. Fire Safety Education and Outreach. Assesses a candidate’s knowledge of the methods and techniques involved in the planning and directing of fire safety education programs. This includes knowledge of the principles and methods for the design of curriculum and training materials.
  5. Fire Administration. Fire marshals should have the ability to multitask, remain organized and evaluate administrative operational systems. This includes knowledge of the principles and techniques for reviewing reports for clarity, completeness and accuracy, as well as the ability to plan a sequence of events and deadlines to reach a goal.
  6. Hazardous Materials. Knowledge of flammable and other hazardous liquids, gases and chemicals, including their proper use, storage and disposal requirements is important for any successful fire marshal.

Please be aware that there is a required reading list for this test. Candidates must receive this reading list 60 days or more prior to the exam. Be sure to allow enough time for candidates to locate a copy of each book (which could take up to two weeks if candidates order copies online) and study all the books (60 days minimum is suggested). The study period is important for learning purposes and is also an important developmental experience for candidates.

FM 102-S Content Items
Fire Inspection & Code Enforcement 26
Building Construction 19
Fire Behavior & Cause Determination 17
Fire Safety Education & Outreach 14
Fire Administration 13
Hazardous Materials 11