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Tonya Hoover

Faces of Fire is a campaign of NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative aimed at humanizing the home fire problem

Former state fire marhal for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection hopes other states will follow in California's footsetps.

Name: Tonya Hoover
Location: California


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Tonya Hoover, former state fire marshal for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, hopes other states will use portions of California’s efforts as a model for establishing their own requirements for home fire sprinklers. She says the impact of this code change won’t be immediate because existing house stock is not sprinklered. But she says that even when the economy is struggling, these changes will have an impact on public safety.


Former State Fire Marshal Tonya Hoover talked about the home fire sprinkler issue in California during NFPA's home fire sprinkler summit in Chicago. The California Building Standards Commission adopted the 2009 International Residential Code, including its requirements for automatic fire sprinkler systems in new one- and two- family dwellings. The legislation became effective on January 1, 2011. In her presentation at the summit, Chief Hoover stressed the importance of inclusion of all stakeholders in the sprinkler requirement process. Her advice for other states and communities working for fire sprinkler requirements? “Don't give up! There will always be bumps in the road, but remember that they are just a test of your endurance," she said.