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Tonya Hoover - Biography

State Fire Marshal
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Tonya L. Hoover was appointed State Fire Marshal by Governor Edmund G. Brown on November 21, 2011 after serving as Acting State Fire Marshal since July 1, 2009. She was appointed and served as the Assistant State Fire Marshal from September 4, 2007. Chief Hoover has been actively involved in Fire Prevention, Public Education and Risk Mitigation for more than 20 years; and served as the Fire Marshal for the Moraga-Orinda Fire District located east of the Oakland/Berkeley hills. Chief Hoover has served as a Deputy Fire Marshal for the University of California at Berkeley and Fire Inspector/Plan Reviewer for two Bay Area fire departments.
Chief Hoover graduated from Oklahoma State University with an Associate of Science Degree in Fire Protection Engineering Technology and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Technical Education Specializing in Fire Protection Engineering Technology and Safety. She further earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration/Human Resources from the University of Phoenix. She holds several State Fire Marshal certifications and holds a life-time teaching credential.

She serves and/or is a member of fire service associations including the: National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) technical committee as a principal member; International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA); Underwriter's Laboratory Fire Council. She is an active member and past president (Northern Division - NorCal) of the California Fire Chiefs' Fire Prevention Officers Section; and a committee co-chair. She is a recipient of the Northern California Fire Prevention Officers' Charlie Gray Award for Outstanding Service to NorCal Fire Prevention Officers and is the recipient of the 2011 Bringing Fire Safety Home Award.

Chief Hoover actively supports children's safety organizations and sits on the Executive Board for SafeKids USA and participates in the annual 9-1-1 for Kids awards ceremony at the State Capitol.

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