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Welcome to the California Fire Mechanics Academy Inc.
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.
The 2015 California Fire Mechanics Academy
course schedule and registration is now closed.
The registrations for the 45th annual academy for the Spring of 2015 are now closed. The Spring Academy starts on Monday March 23rd and will run through Friday, March 27th, 2015. All classes start at 0800 hours each day. Refer to your class confirmation letters for class room locations. Also please check each day at academy check in desk for updates and possible changes. We look forward to seeing everyone next week.
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: www.cce.csus.edu/SFT/EmergencyVehicleCadre Thank you and we hope to hear from you soon.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 2014 Fall Express Academy is now complete
The entire staff of the California Fire Mechanics Academy wishes a heart felt Thank you to all the students for attending the Fall Express Academy. We hope everything was up to your expectations and we appreciate all of your attendance despite a few bumps with the classroom arrangements. We hope that you found the classes informative and worthwhile. Our primary goal was to increase your understanding of some of the intricacies of fire apparatus maintenance and to provide the resources and opportunities that will support your classroom instruction that will lead you on to certification as fire apparatus mechanics. There were many topics covered during the Express Academy and the instructors did an outstanding job of sharing their expertise with you. This was a great Express Academy and your enthusiasm and positive spirit helped make our time together both productive and fun. Thank you for your comments and suggestions on the evaluations and we assure you that each will be given consideration so that future academies will be even more of a success. Again, thank you for being part of our Fall Express Academy and please recommend this training to others in the future.
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:
Vendors, if you are having trouble with registering for the show on our new registration site, you may <click here> to download the 2015 equipment show registration packet and fax your registration to the office.