California Fire Mechanics Academy

Welcome to the California Fire Mechanics Academy

The California Fire Mechanics Academy Inc. 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.
News & Updates 
It is just days away. The California Fire Mechanics Academy takes place Monday, May 20 – Friday, May 24, at the Gene Bianchi Community Center. For those who are currently enrolled in the following course please see the corresponding PDF: 
We hope you enjoyed your Easter weekend. Summer is upon us and registration deadline around the corner for Oakdale CFMA training. two courses offered, both are week long. Don't forget to register. See you soon.
Registration Open
May  20-24, 2019
Hi-Tech Emergency Vehicle Services
Oakdale, CA
 Please use the button below to register online or call the Academy office at (916) 333-5044 to enroll.  Tuition is $550 + $80 state certification fee.
Tuition is non-refundable.
For all the students currently enrolled in the certification course please click on the corresponding link below pending the course you are taking. There is a new process in place which will allow for your scores to be processed the same day of the testing.  It will be required by all students in Certification courses prior to the start of the class. Student scores will not be submitted without this information.
State Fire Certificates will only be available online and will not be mailed this year.
Please click on your designated course below to register for your State Fire Certificate:
Should there be any problems please don't hesitate to call the office during the business hours or email a question with a current contact number where you can be reached.
California Fire Mechanics Academy
3318 Howard Street, Suite 140
McClellan, CA  95652
Oakdale Class will be held at 
Gene Bianchi Community Center 
110 S. 2nd Street, Oakdale CA 95361
Oakdale is about 90 miles from Sacramento.  
There are two close hotel options: 
Best Western Plus Rama Inn & Suites 
1450 E. F St. 
Oakdale, CA 95361
(209) 845-2500
Holiday Inn Express Oakdale
828 E. F St. 
Oakdale, CA 95361
(209) 847-9121
Registration is now open for the two courses being held in Oakdale, Ca 2019 the week of 5/20/19  through 5/24/19 sign up by clicking the desired course below. Registration will close for these two only on May 10, 2019.
For all Fire Mechanics who were at any of the large incidents this past year, ie: Woolsey, Ferguson or Camp fires will you please email them to the  webmaster so that we may compile them into a short video for one of our ceremonies. 
Thank you in advance,
Suzie Cottle
ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS: State Fire Training has been issuing and using Training Numbers in place of social security numbers for several years. The CFMA has decided to move in the same direction. In order to facilitate this transition we are asking all students to follow the link provided to create an account on the state fire training website.
Obtain your state fire ID.
Hotel information for the Lions Gate and reduced Student rate has been posted see link to Hotel for additional information. 
additional information  below on flyer
 April 4, 2019
We will be closing the CFMA office for the holiday week of December 24- January 2nd.  Returning calls and emails starting January 2, 2019.  Official scores from the fall academy in Moreno valley will not be available until after January 7th. per State Fire Training. 
Have a safe Holiday. 
Merry Christmas to you all and a  Happy New Year.

The 2019 CFMA Spring Academy will be held March 31-April 5, 2019 in Sacramento, CA

The 2019 Academy Registration is now open online.

The annual spring California Fire Mechanics Academy provides a unique training opportunity for fire service personnel and emergency vehicle technicians. Everyone is welcome to attend -- there is something for everyone, from the beginner to the highly-experienced emergency vehicle technician. There are several classes being offered this year, including classes designed specifically for firefighters, engineers and officers wanting to know more about the apparatus they are responsible for.

The CFMA Board of Directors strives to provide the best possible continuing educational opportunities to fire personnel from throughout the country. We are known for our active, hands-on style of training.  These are not just book and lecture classes.  Wherever possible, our students use a combination of lecture and hands-on activities to achieve a solid, experience-based method of learning.
The Course Catalog for the 2019 Spring Academy is available for download Here.  Late registration is available by calling the Academy office at (916) 333-5044.   Registrations must be accompanied by credit card information or a purchase order number in order to be valid.  
If you are taking multiple classes please contact the office prior to enrolling.
Click to view:
  • Academy Class Schedule
  • Hotel Information
  • To view and register for the 2019 CFMA Spring Academy, click on the button below and you will be re-directed to our CFMA Registration website.  From there, you can view, register and pay for the courses that you wish to attend for the Spring 2019 Academy.  Of course, if you have any questions or problems, please contact our Academy office during business hours.
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our Senior Fire Mechanic Bruce Cunningham. Bruce suddenly passed away on 11/6/18 and leaves behind his wife Debby, daughter Kristin, son-in-law Patrick, son Kevin, daughter-in-law Elizabeth and 3 grandchildren. Bruce has been a dedicated and passionate member of our fire family since 1996. Please keep the Cunningham family in your thoughts and prayers.
Memorial Service for Bruce Cunningham

November 11, 2018
The memorial service for Bruce Cunningham will be held on November 16, 2018, 3pm at Calvary Church, 16330 Los Gatos Blvd. Los Gatos, CA 95032. Per Policy 330.2.2, all fire personnel will wear Class A uniforms. There will be a reception at Calvary Church immediately after the service.
Updated Information about family donations:

As an alternative to flowers, monetary donations can be sent to the "Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation"Donation Link in Bruce's name.
** Update on new office hours **   Monday, Wednesday 9 am-2 pm**
Registration for 2018 Fall academy being held at the Ben Clark Training facility Moreno Valley, CA is now open. Click on the sign up Icon which will direct you straight to the sign in page on Active-net.  We will be having 5 State certification courses and a additional Knowing Your Apparatus course this Fall. These courses generally fill up fast and there will be no additional spaces once full.  There are Dorms available at Ben Clark on a first come first serve while available. No food or drink will be allowed in the Dorms.
The local Hotel rooms at the Ayers  will be offering a $95 preferred rate / State rate for students. Use code "Ben Clark"  at time of reservation with hotel. See flyer for all class and hotel options below.
Ben Clark facility:
16902 Bundy Ave
Riverside,CA 92518
Fall flyer Riverside 2018 Click here
Ontario Airport
CAL FIRE MECHANIC ANDREW BRAKE MEMORIAL SERVICE Butte County- The plans for the memorial service for CAL FIRE HEM Andrew Brake have been finalized. The memorial service will take, August 17 at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 2341 Floral Ave. Chico, CA at 5pm. A procession will precede the service and begin at Newton Bracewell Cemetery at 680 Camelia Way at approximately 4:15pm. The procession will proceed west on Memorial way to the Esplanade. It will then proceed north on Esplanade to East Fifth Avenue and proceed east on East Fifth Ave traveling until East Fifth Avenue turns into Floral Ave and finally arriving at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Although this is a public service the facility can only accommodate 200 people inside. Those 200 will be limited to family, friends and coworkers. We encourage any members of the public wishing to show their support to line the procession. If you wish to line the procession route, please do so in a safe manner. Prior to the service, we ask the media to check in with the assigned PIO at St. John’s Episcopal Church before entering the facility. Fire Captain John Gaddie will be assigned as the PIO and he can be reached at (530) 521-8265 Below is the obituary released by the family: Andrew Jason Brake (40) Heavy Equipment Mechanic for CAL FIRE passed away on August 9, 2018. He was born in Michigan to Melvin and Teresa Brake, but spent the majority of his life in Chico, CA. Andrew graduated from Pleasant Valley High School in 1996. He went on to complete the Mechanics Program and Fire Academy at Butte College. Andrew was a loveable and easy going man who enjoyed being outdoors doing his favorite things like quading, camping, and riding his motorcycle. His fire career was served with hard work, love and dedication in Humboldt, Monterey and Butte County. He will be remembered as a hardworking dad with a great sense of humor and tacky T-shirts. He made his family and friends know they were loved without even saying a word. After years of working out of the area, Andrew was ecstatic to get a job in Butte County as a Heavy Equipment Mechanic. This allowed him to be closer to his two daughters and still be a part of the career he loved. Being a Part of CAL FIRE was his dream
 It is with a heavy heart we inform you of the passing of Cal Fire Butte County H.E.M. Andrew Brake.  He was involved in a traffic collision this morning while assigned to the Carr Fire.  Our deepest condolences to his family and the Butte County and Monterey / San Benito ranger units.  It has been a devastating year for line of duty deaths.  Please be careful and watch each other’s back. We push ourselves to the limit but need to recognize when it’s too much. Please be safe.

Board of Directors

California Fire Mechanics Academy 

Fall training classes sign up will be opening for Ben Clark facility on 8/1/2018 this Wednesday morning. Get signed up as soon as possible . Courses will be held November 5th - 9, 2018
CFMA Spring 2018 retake exams for the South will be at CTC Ben Clark Training Center on August 15, 2018 Classroom C1 at 1PM
The Retakes for the North will be held at Golden State fire Training session at 1pm on August 16, 2018. Please call the Academy office during business hours to reserve and register for  your retake time and locations. Flyer
NCFMA- Golden State Fire Apparatus Hosting NCFMA training.
August 16, 2018 8:30am
Hands-on training and educational sessions
on the Husky III and the Command Zone III
Golden State Fire Apparatus
7400 Reese Road, Sacramento, CA 95828
**update correction** August 16, 2018 at 1PM during NCFMA training session will be retake exams.
 Retake exams for the 2018 Spring certified courses will be held on August 26 at 1Pm during the NCFMA training session that same day at Golden State Fire in Sacramento. Call in to the CFMA office to register for the test in advance.
State Fire Training has recently relocated , causing a slight delay in the Certification test results. The Tests have been scored and certifications and results are going out.  If you have not received your Certificate of attendance from the CFMA please email in and advise us . 
 Thank you.
California Fire Mechanics Academy has a change in Board Member positions.  Joe Pastore is now the current President and Eric Reed has returned to the CFMA as Vice President.
 Final Electrical Challenge Test being offered by the CFMA on June 21, 2018 @ 1Pm at Hi-Tech EVS in Oakdale,CA as the new curriculum will be going into effect soon. Contact the office for more information to get signed up.

TRAINING: Aerial Maintenance and Inspection – Hi-Tech – June 21st

Posted: 23 May 2018 06:57 AM PDT

DATE: JUNE 21st, 2018
444 West Greger Street
Oakdale, CA 95361
TOPIC: Aerial Maintenance and Inspection Training –  June 21 NCFMA Training Flyer
9:00-9:30 – Meet and Greet
9:30-10:30 – Association Meeting
10:30-12:00 – Training
12:00-1:00 – Lunch (Lunch will be provided)
1:00-3:00 – Training
PLEASE RSVP: Call, Email or Fax
Marlo Ruthman
209-847-3042 Office
209-847-2110 Fax
Registration Canceled 5/25/2018

CFM 115 Fire Pumps and Accessories - Full Week

June  11-15, 2018
Hi-Tech Emergency Vehicle Services
Oakdale, CA
Please use the button below to register online or call the Academy office at (916) 333-5044 to enroll.  Tuition is $550 + $80 state certification fee.
Registration opens: Apr 20, 2018

Last day for Internet registration: Jun 1, 2018
Tuition is non-refundable.
EVT Certification Commission, Inc.
EVT Nationwide Test Dates June 7-14, 2018
Deadline for Online Registration-May 24
 Deadline by mail or fax is 21 days in advance
It is with deep sadness that we report the passing of our founder, Ernest A. Kussmaul, known to his friends and associates as "Ernie", from cardiac arrest on Saturday, April 26, 2018. He was 88 years old.
Mr, Kussmaul, who resided in West Sayville, NY, will be fondly remembered as an accomplished and solution-oriented engineer. He founded Kussmaul Electronics (KECO) in a small shop in 1967. The business grew as it expanded its extensive product line known for innovative solutions for the Emergency Vehicle market. Kussmaul Electronics has provided employment for many people since its founding. Widely loved and respected by his 'KECO family' and the industry, he continued to engineer new solutions as company president until he retired in 2015. Ernest was a devoted husband to his late wife, (deceased 2016) Marilyn, and father to his daughter, Dr. Annette Kussmaul.
Visitation will be at the Raynor & D'Andrea Funeral Home, 245 Main St. West Sayville, NY on Wednesday, May 2nd 2018.
2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
7:00 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Church services will be held on Thursday, May 3rd at 11:30 a.m at St. John's Lutheran Church in Sayville, N.Y. Interment to follow at Sayville Union Cemetary. 
During our Spring 2018 California Fire Mechanics Academy last week we received word of the passing of Retired Fire Chief Joseph Rosa. He was our 2016 CFMA award recipient for the Pep Richardson honoree. He was known best for cooking his famous artichoke stew during the Northern California Fire Mechanics Meeting held at the Castroville Fire Fire Station.  It was not uncommon for the number of members attending to be 150 plus. Everyone would leave stuffed from eating his famous stew.  He would never give his recipe out. He enjoyed fellow shipping with everyone during the  meeting and looked forward to the next meeting. 
Pictured below  with Chief Joe Pastore of the CFMA
Below is a copy of the his obituary.
   Joseph Henry Rosa passed away peacefully on April 10th, 2018. He was born September 23rd, 1926 in Watsonville and lived a full & happy life. His life included joining the U.S. Navy Aircore as a gunner. On his release from the Navy, Joe farmed with his father in Watsonville until 1950. In 1965, he joined the Castroville fire department, now known as the North Monterey County Fire Department, and in 1978 became chief. After his retirement, Joe became manager of Pajaro Community Service District where he worked until the age of 82. 
   Joe loved hunting, fishing, barbecuing, and spending time with his grandchildren. Every morning he enjoyed having coffee with the "artichoke mafia" in Castroville. 
He was layed to rest April 17, 2018 at Valley Catholic Cemetery.  North County Fire District Honor Gaurd oversaw the last alarm followed up with the sounding of the bell and folding and presentation of the flag to Mrs. Rosa.  The VFW provided the bugler followed  up by a 21 gun salute. He was a great friend and mentor to everyone he encountered. He will be missed.   
 The registration has closed and today we will be the opening for the 2018 Spring CFMA Academy. We will be looking forward to seeing so many returning faces as well as our new students . You don't want to miss the opening ceremony as it will cover the details of the week as well as a few changes and additions. Check in is at the MCC (McClellan Conference Center) so come early and check in. Guest staying at the Crown Plaza please inquire for additional information at time of check in.  Name tags will be of utmost importance this year and are required in all classes as well as hospitality nights, vendor show and evening banquet. No name badge no entry.  Should you have any questions feel free to approach any of the board members in the red shirts and inquire. We are all here for you and look forward to another great year of training at the California Fire Mechanics Academy.
" Without us they Walk"
  The time has arrived and the CFMA board members have rolled out with our new email addresses.   So take a look here and update you email contacts list. 
Course curriculum will be changing soon going into the future there will no longer be an electrical challenge test as it will be required to take electrical 1 before electrical 2.  The last days to take the electrical challenge test  will be in May (date to be determined ) in the South and June 21, 2018 in the North at the section meetings.

This is the Final Electrical Challenge Test being offered by the CFMA as the new curriculum will be going into effect. Contact the office for more information .  and refer to the website

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