Fire Mechanic III


Fire Mechanic III/Master Mechanic is the final level in the Fire Mechanic certification track. Fire Mechanic III/Master Mechanic identifies the advanced skills and knowledge necessary for specialized emergency vehicle fleet repair and program management. This certification addresses the latest level of expertise needed to properly maintain the new and complex fire apparatus in service today.

This level of certification utilizes upper-level curriculum that establishes some lower-level courses as prerequisites. Although these courses are open to all individuals who meet the academic prerequisites, Fire Mechanic III/Master Mechanic certification is only available to those certified as Fire Mechanic II.

Educational Requirements
1. Fire Management 1: Management/Supervision for the Company Officer
2. Fire Mechanic 3A: Ambulance Service and Maintenance
3. Fire Mechanic 3B: Aerial Apparatus (formerly Fire Mechanic 2C)
4. National Institute for Auto Service Excellence (ASE) for:

  • Gasoline Engines (T1) or Diesel Engines (T2)
  • Drive Train (T3)
  • Brakes (T4)
  • Suspension and Steering (T5)
  • Electrical/Electronic Systems (T6)
  • Preventative Maintenance Inspection (T8)

Prerequisite:
Current OSFM Certified Fire Mechanic II

Required Experience:
Have a minimum 4 years full-time, paid experience in a California fire department, public agency, or private industry as an automotive or truck mechanic, 3 years of which must be related to the maintenance of fire apparatus.


Recertification
The Fire Mechanic III/Master Mechanic recertification program is designed for personnel who hold or have held a valid Fire Mechanic III/Master Mechanic certificate. Successful completion of a minimum of thirty-six (36) hours of California Mechanics Academy approved continuing education is required every five (5) years to maintain OSFM Fire Mechanic III/Master Mechanic 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) or Diesel Engines (T2)
  • Drive Train (T3)
  • Brakes (T4)
  • Suspension and Steering (T5)
  • Electrical/Electronic Systems (T6)
  • Preventative Maintenance Inspection (T8)