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Tonya Hoover


 California State Fire Marshal Tonya Hoover speaks at the NFPA Home Fire Sprinkler Summit in Chicago, April 2012

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, Chief Hoover stressed the importance of inclusion of all stakeholders in the sprinkler requirement process.


Fire Marshal Hoover is featured in NFPA's "Faces of Fire" campaign, designed to put a face on the life-saving impact of home sprinklers. With funding from the U.S. Fire Administration, this campaign features real people telling personal stories to demonstrate the need for sprinklers.

In this "Faces of Fire" video, she says hopes other states will use portions of California’s efforts as a model for establishing their own requirements for home fire sprinklers. Fire Marshal Hoover 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.