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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.
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.
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:
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
Ontario, CA 91764
Call them directly to make reservations at (909) 980-2200
The CFMA rate is $90 + tax Local Government rate includes breakfast
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.
Click on the Calendar tab above to get more information on test dates and locations.
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.”
The 2014 California Fire Mechanics Academy is in the books!
The Spring 2014 Fire Mechanics Academy is now complete. The CFMA staff are at work with the planning of the 45th annual academy for Spring of 2015. The Spring Academy will be held during the week of March 23rd - 27th, 2015. Check back soon for more detailed information regarding the next spring 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.>
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:
Vendors, please check back soon to download the 2015 equipment show registration packet.