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  Registration is now ***OPEN***  for the 2018 Spring Academy being held in Sacramento,Ca at the McClellan Conference Center.    The weekly enrollment Tuition  is $550 for the weekly courses. State Fire Certification courses require  an  $80 additional  Certified course fee . The daily course fee will be $180. There is a late Registration fee of  $50 after March 9, 2018.  The Hosting hotel will be the Lions Gate Hotel    (
 discounted rooms available use code CFMA18  .
The Daily rate for the hotel rooms will be $101+ taxes.
You must mention your with Cal fire Mech Group to get special rate. Special Rate for Crown Plaza will be ending on March 9, 2018
Looking forward to seeing you all again soon. 
Tuition is non-refundable
Happy Holidays .
 Please use the button below to register online or call the Academy office at (916) 333-5044
December NCFMA Training
Date:          December 14,2017
Location:    Valley Power System North,
                   855 Stillwater Rd
                   West Sacramento, Ca  95691
Training will be given by Eloy Florez, Air Resource Board
Presenting CARB/ARB perspective on compliance and regulatory requirements relative
To Fire Apparatus/Ambulance and vehicles used OFF HIGHWAY that are powered by Diesel Engines
0900-0930   meet and greet
0930-1030   NCFMA Meeting
1030-1200   CARB/ARB Training
1200-1300   BBQ Lunch  provided by Valley Power Systems
1300-1500   CARB/ARB Training
Please RSVP to:     Ernie Petrocelli
or                     Marty Schmeltz
or                     Dale Eckhardt
CFMA Electrical Systems Challenge/OptOut Test will be given to any personnel that request test in advance to the CFMA
Office or to Marty Schmeltz 916-416-1663 or
The NCFMA Raffle drawing will be done during the afternoon training,
11/17/2017                             ***Spring 2018 Classes and Registration coming soon***
On behalf of the CFMA we would like to thank all our students who have attended this years Fall training academy at the CTC Ben Clark Training Center. There where many new faces this year and several returning students. Special thanks to Our Instructors , all the personal at the training center and the ladies in the office for the use and help they gave us all while using their equipment . This was another successful 2017 Fall Academy and our first time at this new location . Looking forward to seeing you all again next year. Be safe and Happy Holidays. Thank you HI-Tech and Bob for coming down and teaching hands on in our pumps Class. Thank you Jason Marsh and Michael Stoever for getting all the Apparatus support lined up for the students.
Subject: Fw: GoFundMe Account (Menlo Fire Mechanic)

Some of you may have heard of the horrific crash on Halloween night that claimed the lives of three local teenage boys up on Skyline Blvd. Sadly, one of the boys was the son of the Menlo Fire apparatus mechanic Rudy Torres. His son Ricardo, was a South Bay Regional Fire Academy student and fire explorer for Menlo. At least one of the other two victims was also a Menlo fire explorer.

See below for information regarding the two services held next week for Rudy Torres' son and the victims of the horrible crash. There is also information regarding a GoFundMe account that has been set up for Rudy's family. Feel free to distribute to any other fire mechanics or agencies you deem appropriate.


Marc Muzzi

Palo Alto Fire Department


Cell 408.202.3978

I  just received information  regarding next week's services:

6:15 pm Wednesday Nov. 8th rosary service

1:30-2:30 Thursday Nov. 9th service (Church of Nativity 210 Oak Grove Avenue Menlo Park).

Menlo Fire Chief will be submitting more formal information soon regarding possible station coverage and apparatus requests during this time. This is all I have for now.

Menlo Fire is passing on information for a GoFundMe account that has been set up to assist Rudy's family during this very tragic time. See the following message:

Many of you have asked how you can help the Torres family during this very difficult time.  With Rudy’s permission, we have set up a GoFundMe account for anyone wishing to make a monetary donation to the family for funeral costs for Ricky or any other unexpected expenses.  The link to donate is

We have extended the registration days upon request for those last minute sign ups.  Registration is still "open" for the fall academy at Ben Clark Training Center in both the Basic Electrical and Knowing your Apparatus.  Both courses  will both be open until filled or November 11th. Like us and follow us on Facebook for updates. See you soon.
With all the recent fire activity we want to have everyone confirm they will still be able to attend the meeting this week in Northern CA. If you have already sent in an RSVP please just send an email to:
to re-confirm your RSVP. Also if you plan on attending and have not yet sent in your RSVP - Now is the time to do that to the same email address.
Registration Now Open
Fall Academy
November 13-17, 2017
Riverside , CA
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***Spring Academy retakes***

Testing is being offered at two locations from the  Spring 2017 academy  July 26, 2017  @  1PM 

In the North at the CFMA office board room.       Map click here
3318 Howard Avenue,
Bldg #338, Suite #140
McClellan, CA 95652
In the south at the Ben Clark Training Center  ( CTC ) classroom #301    Map click here
16902 Bundy Ave,                                                                                          aerial view
Riverside,CA 92518
   ( follow the signs )


Another Pump & Accessories course will be in the books for  2017, Great Class, with the students all engaging. The students are currently taking there State Fire Certification tests.  Thank you to Ben and Marlo Ruthman, Bobby  and the Hi-Tech Crew for the shop space, help , hospitality and continued support of the CFMA. 


Oakdale CFMA  pump class has arrived again, less than 48 hours away. Prepare for some very warm weather. Hydration is the key. Don't forget to bring your safety sun glasses, sunblock and required P.P.E.

CFMA limited supply of T-shirts, hats, stickers, shorts, flashlights will also be for sale.


    Due to recent emails and rumors about the California Fire Mechanics Academy we the board feel it necessary to clear the air.  Let me assure you that the California Fire Mechanics Academy is doing fine.  True there have been some personnel changes and a new Vice President elected. We are moving forward with a positive attitude and the common goal of providing the best possible training in the industry with the students best interest in mind as we have done for close to 50 years.  Anyone of the board members is more than happy to discuss any concerns you have with the future of the California Fire Mechanics Academy personally one on one. We have new training coming and a new location coming in the future.  We are diligently working to be able to provide new classes and keep up with changes in technology and certification requirements.  Please check our web page and calendar for these. We look forward to continuing our relationships and working with you in the future and as always greatly appreciate your continued support. Thank you for your time.


California Fire Mechanics Academy


A message from Jerry Lee.  SCFMA Historian and fellow mechanic.

Kevin O'Connell

You probably know this now but Kevin got out of surgery yesterday, recovered in ICU . He said before the operation that he would get out of bed on same day.  He did so getting up and sitting on a chair. He is recovering nicely now but doesn't want visitors yet..  will let us know when he is ready



There are 15 openings still available for the  Pump Class in Oakdale,CA next month. You don't want to miss out on this one. See registration to the right and take a look at the calendar and see whats coming up for training and events. Updated often. Dont forget to follow us on Facebook and join into the groups and follow us on Facebook.


A modified message from Jerry Lee (SCFMA Historian) original message to me.

Thoughts and prayers to you Kevin that all goes well today .

Kevin OConnell, a longtime member and longtime Vice President  needs all of our prayers now. He has been diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer and will be operated on Friday May 19th. could you inform the members and have him included in their thoughts.  He asks (Kevin) that he not be called at home now and will notify all friends as soon as he is able after the operation. 

Mark Your Calendars:
2017 Fall Academy will be November 13 - 17 in Riverside, CA.  
Look for class offerings to be posted online in July.  We expect registration to open on August 1.
Thank you to all our students, instructors and vendors who came out for our 2017 Spring Academy!
Between the Fire Marshal running all over, alarms going off, uncertain weather and a myriad of other issues, we had an Academy that kept us on our toes this year.  We really appreciate your patience and support.   We hope that you came away with the hands-on, technically up-to-date learning that the Academy is known for.   As we pack up the 2017 Academy, we are already looking forward to and planning for the 2018 Spring Academy.