"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.
In the News
New 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.
Christi 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, CA95652,by phone at (916) 333-5044 or by email at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please welcome Christi to the CFMA staff.
CFMA offers Electrical Systems "Challange" test at both North & South Mechanic Section Meetings
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
Systems 2 - CFM215A.
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
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.
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 email@example.com if planning on taking the test in the north section or Chris
Marangakis at firstname.lastname@example.org if planning on taking the test in the south.
2014 North Section schedule:
June 19th@ Hi Tech EVS, 444
Greger St, Oakdale, CA 95361
Do not hesitate to contact the CFMA Administrative Office in Sacramento, California, if you need further help.
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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.
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.
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 >