Tonya Hoover, an expert in fire prevention and fire marshal of the Moraga-Orinda Fire District, has been named Assistant State Fire Marshal. Earlier, Hoover earlier served as a deputy fire marshal for the University of California and as a fire inspector for two other Bay Area fire departments.
Hoover, appointed to her new state position on Sept. 4, has been actively involved in fire safety issues for 20 years. In her new position, she will handle training.
“It’s a challenge, when you go from smaller agency to a larger agency: There are more people to meet, many more acronyms to learn. There are different processes. But the core value systems are still the same–providing sound education and fire-service training, developing codes and standards and helping the local jurisdictions,” Hoover said.
Hoover graduated from Oklahoma State University with an A.S. Degree in Fire Protection Engineering Technology and a B.S. from OSU in Technical Education Specializing in Fire Protection Engineering Technology and Safety. She went on to earn a Masters Degree in Business Administration/Human Resources from the University of Phoenix.
She serves on several fire service associations including; the National Fire Protection Association’s technical committee as a principal member; the International Fire Service Training Association; International Fire Chiefs Association Subcommittee; the Wildland Urban Interface Committee as an active member and immediate past co-chair.
Hoover is past president of the California Fire Chiefs’ Fire Prevention Officers Section, Northern Division and the recipient of the Northern California Fire Prevention Officers’ Charlie Gray Award for Outstanding Service to NorCal Fire Prevention Officers. She has served on several State Fire Marshal committees.
Chief Hoover has also been a featured presenter at several professional events that include the Annual Meeting of NFPA, California Fire Chiefs Association, National Firewise Conference, and 43rd Annual International Conference on Campus Safety.
Tonya lives in Concord where her teen-age daughter, Alexandria, is in high school. Hoover will retain her residence in Concord and commute to the State Fire Marshal headquarters in Sacramento. “It’s not that big a deal, it’s a reverse commute,” she noted.