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arizona fire service mechanics association

Arizona Fire Mechanics Association History

Our Association was formed  around 1975 by a group of fire mechanics who were concerned about the  growing complexity of fire apparatus...

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Dedication of our members

Our association has encouraged development of our own "homegrown"  instructors to help develop and teach pump operation, apparatus  maintenance and defensive driving classes.

Arizona Fire Mechanics Association History

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Our Association was formed  around 1975 by a group of fire mechanics who were concerned about the  growing complexity of fire apparatus, and thought by sharing resources  they could improve fire apparatus specifications and design, develop  better repair techniques, improve ease of operation and maintenance and  assist in operator training. Some of the early milestones our founders  were involved in were incorporation of diesel powerplants into fire  apparatus, the adaptation of the Allison automatic transmission into  fire trucks, improved air-brake systems and many other innovations, all  of which make for simpler, safer and easier to operate fire apparatus. ​

The dedication of our members to the fire service continued through the years as demonstrated by their on-going commitment to participation in  the State Fire School training classes as instructors. Our members  fabricated a cutaway pump mounted on a trailer, which can be used as a  training aid by any member agency to conduct classes about pump  operation and maintenance.

The Dedication of Our Members

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Our association has encouraged development of our own "homegrown"  instructors to help develop and teach pump operation, apparatus  maintenance and defensive driving classes.

Our main focus remains the on-going task of training our member mechanics in all aspects of fire apparatus maintenance and repair. To  this end, we schedule quarterly two or three-day intensive training  classes on various systems and components. 

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Send Us a Message, RSVP or request wait list.

AFSMA Officers

President Michael Apodaca, Gila River Indian Community, Public Safety  Fleet Manager


Vice President Angel Morales, Northwest Fire District, Master Emergency Vehicle Technician


Treasurer Charles Miller, Tempe Fire, Fire Apparatus Technician & EVT Master


Secretary Joe Gorraiz, Retired Phoenix Fire, Hook & Ladder Captain and 1st Honorary  AFSMA Member


Please use form to the left to contact any of the above people.