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"Loved it all! This is my 6th academy in 12 years and every time I come it is a great experience."

"This was a great experience. I am new to the fire mechanics field and I will be back as long as I can -- even if I have to pay out of pocket!"

"Awesome learning environment and great instructors. I will recommend this Academy to others."

"One of the most beneficial classes I have participated in during 15 years in the fire service."

"As a first time student, this course will improve the quality of service and safe operation of our fire department."

"Absolutely the best, most comprehensive, useful course I've ever taken.
Best instructors - hands down!"

"This class has heightened my awareness of good record keeping and professionalism."

"As budgets tighten and agencies consolidate, this training and awareness of proper techniques and trained certified fire mechanics for fire apparatus and first response vehicles are vital."

"Best real-world training I have ever had."

"Great class, great instructors, great crew that puts the annual academy on. Thank you all."

"The course in general and the course materials in particular were extremely thorough, informative and well done overall. The course binder and pamphlets will be useful in the future as a reference."

"Appreciate the use of the first class training facilities. Thank you for allowing us to be here."

"I have been a teacher for 8 years. I can only compliment the CFMA staff and their preparations. Every aspect was spot on!"

"Great program, excellent academy available to all fire service personnel. Great way to continue and enhance learning and knowledge in the fire service."
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.

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Top of PageNew Addition the the CFMA Staff

Starting in March 2014, the California Fire Mechanics Academy Board of Directors enlisted the services of Christi Mansel to provide some much needed assistance in the academy office.  Christi joined the California Fire Mechanics Academy in the role of Program Assistant.  She will be assisting in the coordination of the Annual Academy and the California Emergency Equipment Showcase as well as the new in-house educational programs that are being held by departments throughout the state. 

is not new to working with certification programs.  She served as the Assistant Director of the Certified Equity Professional Institute which is a multi-disciplinary organization that trains and certifies stock plan managers and others in the financial community who work with equity compensation.  Christi has an MBA in Marketing from Santa Clara University and attended UC Berkeley for her undergraduate studies.  She was trained in hospitality management by Hyatt Hotels. 

She is married to Loren Mansel, a Level III Certified Fire Mechanic with the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department.   Christi Mansel can be contacted at the California Fire Mechanics Academy Offices at 3318 Howard Avenue Suite 140, McClellan, CA  95652,   by phone at (916) 333-5044 or by email at  Please welcome Christi to the CFMA staff.


Top of PageCFMA 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. 

Starting this year there will be 2 opportunities each in the North & South Fire Mechanic association sections for persons wishing to pursue the California State Fire Mechanic Certification and bypass the requirement of having to enroll in the Electrical Systems 1 class.  Mechanics my attend a North or South section fire mechanics meeting and take the challenge exam.  The exam will be administered by CFMA staff members immediately following the regular section meeting on the dates listed below only.  Students are eligible to take the challenge exam one time only and there is a $15.00 (cash or check payable to CFMA) fee to take the exam.  Students not achieving an 80% or better score will be required to enroll in the FM-109 Electrical Systems 1 class before they may enroll in the Electrical Systems 2 class. 

The Northern Mechanics Section will offer the opportunity to take the exam at the June 2014 meeting & again at the December 2014 meeting.  The Southern Mechanics Section will offer the opportunity to take the exam at the May 2014 meeting & again at the November 2014 meeting. In order to be sure there are enough tests available at the meetings, please RSVP at least 2 weeks in advance to either Ed Stirling at if planning on taking the test in the north section or Chris Marangakis at if planning on taking the test in the south.

2014 North Section schedule:

June 19th @ Hi Tech EVS, 444 Greger St, Oakdale, CA 95361

(209) 847-3042 (click for directions)

December 11th @ Valley Power Systems, 855 Stillwater Road, West Sacramento, CA

(916) 372-5078 (click for directions)

2014 South Section schedule:

May 20th @ Wattco, 316 South Palm Avenue, Alhambra, CA 91803

(707) 435-9233 (click for directions)

November 18th @LAFD Supply & Maintenance, 140 N Avenue 19 Los Angeles, CA 90031

(213) 485-6130 (click for directions)

If you have any questions please send them to the CFMA office via email at


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Spring Academy
The 2014 California Fire Mechanics Academy is in the books!

The Spring 2014 Fire Mechanics Academy is now complete.  The CFMA staff are already at work with the planning of the 45th annual academy for Spring of 2015.  Check back soon for more detailed information regarding the next spring academy.
Fall Academy
Planning is now underway for the fall mini academy at the Orange County Fire Authority in southern California this November.  The dates are not confirmed yet but if your are thinking about attending, look for it around the first or second week of November.  As soon as the dates are confirmed we will post them here.  Check back soon.

Equipment Show

Planning is underway for the next CFMA / CEES vendor and equipment show to be held at the Spring 2015 California Fire Mechanics Academy.

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
To download the registration packet and register for the show Click Here >
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