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The benefits of CAFAA membership include the following

  • discounted CAFAA training course fee(s).   CAFAA offers fire alarm related courses, conducted in either Northern or Southern California.  You can see the course offering(s) at the Training page.
  • receipt of up-to-date information by attending our regularly scheduled meetings:

There are roundtable meetings held at different locations in the calendar year (twice each in Southern and Northern California).  Attending these meetings is a great opportunity to find out what is going on and to network with other fire alarm system professionals and/or to meet with local/state Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) that share our common goal.

A roundtable meeting held in Sacramento is for the purpose of an open forum discussion with state officials.

Roundtable meetings held in each region for the purpose of an open forum discussion with local AHJs.

CAFAA’s annual meeting held each year in Palm Springs.  There are meeting sessions with a focus on fire alarm code, as well as a trade show.  It is well attended by local/State AHJs and by industry vendors.  You have the opportunity to learn the latest in fire technology and products as well as to talk directly with their representatives.

                   As a member you can attend any or all of these meetings.

Other membership benefits:

  • By contacting CAFAA, you have access to a wealth of knowledge and experience for answers to technical questions related to occupancy or fire codes.  We have a board of 13 volunteers and a membership of over 400 members from the fire service industry who can help provide information and interpretations.  Our Board Members can be reached by mail, phone, fax or internet, or you can direct your question(s) to or by phone at (888) 607-5959.

  • CAFAA works in cooperation with other associations and local/state agencies to provide our membership with information from the California Fire Chiefs Organization, California Building Standards Commission, the National Electrical Manufacturer’s Association (NEMA), the International Association of Fire Chiefs, California Fire Prevention Officers (North and South), California Department of Labor Relations, California Alarm Association (CAA), California State Fire Marshal Office, Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), Western Burglar and Fire Alarm Association (WBFAA) and National Institute for Certification Engineering Technologies (NICET) and many others.

  • As a CAFAA-member company, you can join the WBFAA and your employees can enter the WBFAA UATC Apprenticeship Program at the member-discounted rate.  The Apprenticeship Program is a three-year program comprised of six semesters of online Related Supplemental Instruction (RSI) through Chabot College. In addition to completing the required RSI, the apprentice will need to submit 6,000 Hours of On-the-Job Training while working with a member company of the WBFAA UATC.  Click HERE for information on joining WBFAA as a CAFAA member.

  • The WBFAA UATC has online Continuing Education Hours (CEHs) and an online State Fire/Life Safety prep exam for members requiring State Fire/Life Safety Certification and Certification renewal. In addition, the WBFAA UATC can approve third-party manufacturers training, and in-house training so that CEHs can be awarded to their own students.   
  • You will be provided with information on local/national code updates, verification of agreement(s) with local fire jurisdictions and future NFPA and ICC code adoptions. 

  • Membership dues enables us to provide free CAFAA membership and meeting attendance to the Fire Protection Officers.

    What You Can Offer to CAFAA

    Your membership is important to keep CAFAA functioning, however of equal importance is your participation on one of many committees and/or the sharing of your ideas on how CAFAA can improve benefits and services to its membership.

    Following is a list of CAFAA committee member participation.  We believe that in order to have progressive standards in place for the Automatic Fire Alarm Industry and have sound legislation affecting it and the safety of life and property, we must participate and be involved in the process.

    Task Groups and Committee Reports (as of Dec. 2022): 
    • Training Report - Jon Kapis, Steven Lewis, John Bennett, and Steven Lewis
    • CSFM Code Interpretations – Tim Gioutlos
    • NFPA Report - Kevin Green
    • CSFM/BML Report - Jay Levy, Jeff Schwartz, Ben Ho, David Castillo
    • OSHPD / HCAI - Joseph R. Cervantes, Sr.
    • DSA Report - Sam Aviles
    • SFPE Report - Jay Levy, Daniel Tate
    • SoCal FPO Report – Joseph R. Cervantes, Sr.
    • NorCal FPO Report - Sean DeFriese, Joel Reitz
    • Code & Standards Committee - Joseph R. Cervantes, Sr (South), Steven Lewis (North)
    • LAFD Fire Code Advisory Committee Report - Kirk Greenwood, John Maitrejean, Joseph R. Cervantes, Sr.
    • Fire Alarm Advisory Committee - Jay Levy, Joseph R. Cervantes, Sr.
    • Social Media Report - Daniel Tate, Mahdi Bizhand
    • Ethics Committee Report - Joel Reitz, John Maitrejean, Frank Alvernaz, Queen V.L. Gonzalez, Sean DeFriese
    • ERCES Committee Report - Tony Locatelli, Jay Levy
    • Scholarship Committee - John Maitrejean, Daniel Tate, Frank Alvernaz and Sam Aviles
    • Annual Conference - Ivy Kiyomura
    • CAFAA Membership - Steve Schwartz

    If you can think of ways in which CAFAA can improve operations and/or to better serve you as a member, please contact us at or by phone at (888) 607-5959 and/or contact one of the Board of Directors. Their email addresses are available on the Board of Directors page.

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