Fire Mechanic I


Fire Mechanic I is the first of three levels of certification in the career path leading to Fire Mechanic III/Master Mechanic. Fire Mechanic I certification identifies the skills and knowledge necessary for the fire apparatus mechanic. This certification recognizes the high level of expertise needed to properly maintain one of the fire service's most valuable resources -- fire apparatus.

Educational Requirements

1. Fire Pumps and Accessories
2. National Institute for Auto Service Excellence (ASE) for: 

  • Gasoline Engines (T1)
  • Brakes (T4)
  • Electrical/Electronic Systems (T6)
  • Preventative Maintenance Inspections (T8)

Prerequisite:
None 

Required Experience [1 of the following 2 options]:
Option 1: Have a minimum 2 years full-time, paid experience in a California fire department, public agency, or private industry as an automotive or truck mechanic, 1 year of which must be related to the maintenance of fire apparatus.

Option 2:
Have a minimum 3 years full-time, paid experience in a California fire department, public agency, or private industry as a mechanic (no fire apparatus required).

Recertification
The Fire Mechanic I recertification program is designed for personnel who hold or have held a valid Fire Mechanic I certificate within the last year. Successful completion of a minimum of thirty-six (36) hours of California Fire Mechanics Academy approved continuing education is required every five (5) years to maintain OSFM Fire Mechanic I certification. Certificate may be expired for no more than one (1) year.

Recertification applicants must provide current certificates from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) for:
  • Gasoline Engines (T1)
  • Brakes (T4)
  • Electrical/Electronic Systems (T6)
  • Preventative Maintenance Inspections (T8)