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California Fire Mechanics Academy 1970-2013

Welcome to the California Fire Mechanics Academy Inc.

CFMA is the oldest and largest Emergency Vehicle Technician Training Academy in the U.S. Since 1971 we have been providing the finest training opportunities for emergency apparatus repair and maintenance. Our workshops are very hands-on, giving participants not only the theory but the opportunity to work on trucks, take pumps apart, get their hands on the actual apparatus they'll be using in the field.

We hope your visit here will provide you with information regarding who and what we are and answer any questions you might have.

Attention all Fire Apparatus Mechanics, Fire Instructors, Fleet Maintenance Supervisors, Training Officers Etc.

State Fire Training (SFT) is about to revise a number of Emergency Vehicle Technician (EVT) certification standards and courses within the state certification system. We are soliciting help from subject matter experts from the California fire service to participate in these projects as cadre members.   As subject matter experts, cadre members play a key role in evaluating, developing, and validating curriculum document content, and anticipating how curriculum changes will impact the various audiences that use or interact with SFT curriculum and processes. The work to complete these projects comes in two phases: Development and Validation. (click here to view SFT announcement)

Cadre Development Meetings 
During these meetings, which occur over several multi-day sessions, three to five cadre members work with a cadre leader and an editor to fully develop a draft of curriculum documents, including a Certification Training Standard guide, one or more Course Plans, and a Capstone Task Book. 

Cadre Validation Meetings 
During this meeting, which should occur in a single, multi-day session, 10 to 12 cadre members work with the cadre leader and editor to review, revise as needed, and validate the document content created during the Cadre Development Meetings.

All meetings are held on the campus of California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) at the College of Continuing Education facility. Funding for cadre member expenses is provided by State Fire Training. All travel, room and board expenses will be facilitated by and paid directly by CSUS; per diem and mileage will be reimbursed by CSUS.  If you would like to participate, please complete the on-line application:  Thank you and we hope to hear from you soon.

Express Academy classes are filling up!

Classes for the Express Academy being held the first week of November 2015 in southern California are starting to fill up.  Currently, the Detroit Diesel engine class and the Electrical Systems 1 class are full and we are no longer accepting registrations for these classes.  The Pumps & Accessories class and the Aerial Apparatus class are very close to filling to capacity so get your registrations in to Christi at our office as soon as possible.  If you have any questions you can call the office or shoot us an e-mail.  Thank you for your support.

California Fire Mechanics Express Academy 2014 Suggested Hotels

The California Fire Mechanics Academy has established room blocks at recommended hotels in the areas of the Fall Express Academy classes.  The CFMA does not endorse any specific hotel and students are free to stay in any hotel of their choice.  As a convenience, the CFMA has requested a room block and negotiated a fixed rate at these hotels for rooms held within that specific room block.  The list below are suggested hotels that students may want to stay due to their proximity of the specific classes being offered at this year’s Express Academy.  Students are required to make their own hotel reservations.

For Students enrolled in CFM-115 Pumps & Accessories, CFM-215C Aerial Apparatus or FM-109 Basic Electrical:  
If you need accommodations, CFMA has reserved a room block at:
Quality Suites
Santa Ana, CA  92705
Call them directly to make reservations at (714) 957-9200
The CFMA rate is $89.00 + tax and includes breakfast.  

For students enrolled in FM-229A Detroit Diesel:  
This class will be held  at Valley Power Systems in Mira Loma, CA  These recommended hotels are within a 15 minute drive of Valley Power Systems in Mira Loma.
  Holiday Inn Express
Ontario, CA  91761
Call them directly to make reservations at (909) 930-5555
The CFMA rate is $99.00 + tax government rate includes breakfast  
Hyatt Place
Ontario, CA  91764
Call them directly to make reservations at (909) 980-2200
The CFMA rate is $90 + tax Local Government rate includes breakfast

CFMA offers Electrical Systems "Challange" test at both North & South Mechanic Section Meetings

The California Fire Mechanics Academy in conjunction with both the Northern & Southern sections of the California Fire Mechanics Associations will be offering students several opportunities to take the Electrical Systems 1 challenge exam.    Currently all students on the Fire Mechanic certification tract are required to take the pre-requisite class (Electrical Systems 1 - FM109) before they may enroll in the advanced electrical systems class Electrical Systems 2 - CFM215A.

Recognizing that some technicians may already have a good base knowledge of electricity and electrical systems, the CFMA offers a "prerequisite challenge" test that students may take.  Students who successfully pass this "challenge" test with an 80% or higher score become eligible to enroll in the Electrical Systems 2 class directly, bypassing the requirement to take the prerequisite Electrical Systems 1.

The fee for this one time only test is $15 payable at the test site.  Please contact the CA Fire Mechanics Academy office 916-333-5044 or fax 916-333-5014 so we may get an estimate of students wanting to test.   The last two opportunities to take this test in 2014 will be:

NCFMA December 11th @ Valley Power Systems, 855 Stillwater Road, West Sacramento, CA (916) 372-5078 (click for directions) 

SCFMA November 18th @ Ventura County Fire Shop 2451 Latigo Ave. Oxnard CA 93030 note location change from LA to Ventura. (click for directions)

Click on the Calendar tab above to get more information on test dates and locations.

The Heart & Soul of the CFMA, Diane vanRuiten Retires


Effective June 30th, 2014 Diane vanRuiten will no longer have to trudge through wind and snow to arrive at a paper-covered desk and ringing telephone by 8:30 every morning; Diane is retiring.

It saddens us to announce the retirement of Diane vanRuiten.  Diane has been the single most integral part of the California Fire Mechanics Academy for the past 24 years.  Diane’s contributions will always be valued and remembered.  Her hard work, commitment and dedication are worthy of admiration.  Diane will be greatly missed.  Filling her shoes will be an almost impossible task.   Diane, you have put years of hard work, dedication and undying passion into your work and into the academy.  After all these years, you are now able to retire and begin a new chapter of your life.  Retirement brings a new beginning where you get to enjoy all those things you left behind or had to sacrifice because you had other responsibilities to take care of.  

Diane wrote a few words of her own that she would like to share.  (Click here) to read Diane’s letter.

The CFMA Board of Directors, on behalf of all the students, staff, instructors and vendors, we would like to wish you the best of luck, happiness and the utmost enjoyment that retirement brings.  Remember as Dr. Seuss once said, “Don't cry because it's over.  Smile because it happened.”


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Do not hesitate to contact the CFMA Administrative Office in Sacramento, California, if you need further help.
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Spring Academy

The 2015 California Fire Mechanics Academy
course schedule and registration will be
available soon in a new "Online" format.
Check back for more information on how to register.

The CFMA staff are at work with the planning of the 45th annual academy for the Spring of 2015.  The Spring Academy will be held during the week of March 23rd - 27th, 2015.  We are working hard to have a new academy registration that will utilize an online format which will make registering for the academy even easier.  Please be patient as we are still constructing the registration web site and we will have more information about the process in the very near future.  Check back soon for more detailed information regarding registering the next spring academy online.

Fall Academy

2014 Fall Express Academy Registration is now open.
4 classes to choose from.

The CFMA Fall Express Academy will be held in Orange County during the week of November 3rd - 7th, 2014.  3 of the classes will be taking place at the Orange County Fire Authority, 1 Fire Authority Road in Irvine, CA (click for map) and the forth class will be at Valley Power Systems, 11300 Inland Avenue, in Mira Loma CA (click for map).
Classes that will be hosted are; CFM115-Pumps & Acessories, CFM215C-Aerial Apparatus, FM109-Electrical Systems I (FULL) & FM229A-Detroit Diesel Engine Repair, Electronics, Tune-up & Troubleshooting.(FULL)  The Express Academy registration packet may be downloaded by <clicking here.>

Equipment Show

Planning is underway for the next California Emergency Equipment Showcase to be held at the Spring 2015 California Fire Mechanics Academy on March 26, 2015.  The show will once again be held within the McClellan Business Park in Sacramento, CA and will run from noon until 5:00 pm.  The show will be open Thursday, March 26, 2015 only. Apparatus move in will begin on Wednesday afternoon, March 25th from 3:00—6:00 pm. Move out will be at the discretion of the participant—either at the conclusion of the show on Thursday from 5:00—6:00 pm or Friday morning, March from 8:00—10:00 am. The building will be secured overnight. Tabletop booths will setup Thursday morning between 8:30 and 11:30 am. The show will be open to the public from Noon until 5:00 pm.

AGAIN THIS YEAR: CFMA is planning on bringing back the highly successful Show Passport. This will encourage visitor participation and engagement at each and every exhibitor booth. Completion of the Show Passport will make students eligible for the grand prize being provided by CFMA at the conclusion of the show. We strongly encourage vendors to donate door prizes for the students to further raise vendor name recognition during the event.  Exhibitors are also invited to attend the CFMA Luau at the conclusion of the show on Thursday evening, March 26 beginning at 7:00 pm. The Luau is being held in the General Session Room at the McClellan Conference Center, 5411 Luce Avenue, McClellan Business Park. Two tickets are included with the first booth space and one ticket is included with each additional space. Exhibitors are encouraged to join the students, instructors, staff, and invited guests for this highlight of Academy week. This not only provides a great networking opportunity but also allows the California Fire Mechanics a forum to recognize the valuable contribution manufacturers and vendors provide to our program.

This show is specifically designed for anyone involved in emergency response, including:
  • those who purchase apparatus
  • those who use apparatus
  • those responsible for the maintenance and repair of emergency equipment and apparatus
Vendors, please <click here> to download the 2015 equipment show registration packet.