Tonya Hoover


Frankfort, IL – The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) and the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Fire Sprinkler Initiative announced that Chief Tonya Hoover, Acting State Fire Marshal, CAL FIRE, is the recipient of the 2011 Bringing Safety Home Award. The two nonprofits join forces to recognize the efforts of fire chiefs who use HFSC’s educational materials and the resources of the Fire Sprinkler Initiative to ensure that decision makers have accurate information as new or updated residential fire sprinkler codes are considered.

“Chief Hoover was chosen because she led the charge to facilitate a successful adoption and implementation of the residential fire sprinkler requirement in California,” says Gary S. Keith, speaking on behalf of both HFSC and NFPA. Keith is Chair of HFSC’s Board and is Vice President of NFPA’s Field Operations. “Both HFSC and Fire Sprinkler Initiative materials played an important role in educating key stakeholders as well as influencing the final public education and outreach program. We appreciate Tonya’s diligence and are very pleased that the award will go to such an active life safety advocate.”

Representatives of HFSC and NFPA will present the award to Chief Hoover at Fire Rescue International 2011, in Atlanta. The presentation will take place during the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Fire and Life Safety Section meeting. The nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) ( is a national, 501(c)(3) charitable organization focused solely on educational outreach. It is the leading resource for independent, noncommercial information about residential fire sprinklers. NFPA’s The Fire Sprinkler Initiative (, in cooperation with many other interested individuals and organizations, encourages the use of home fire sprinklers through increased awareness and adoption of local ordinances or model codes. # # #