Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator Tonya Hoover set to retire

May 21, 2024

Tonya Hoover announces retirement

Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator Tonya Hoover has announced her retirement, as reported by Firehouse.

Hoover, who has held the position since January 2020, stated: “I’m at a point in my life I want to spend time with my family—that’s it. I have no plans.”

Hoover emphasized the importance of family in her decision, mentioning a recent trip with her daughter where she was recognized differently—as a mom. She said: “It’s something I’m really looking forward to.”

Career highlights of Tonya Hoover

Tonya Hoover has had a distinguished career in the fire service.

As the senior career federal fire official, she managed the day-to-day operations of the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA).

This role involved overseeing the training of over 100,000 first responders annually through the National Fire Academy and managing the National Fire Incident Reporting System.

Hoover’s responsibilities also included USFA’s fire prevention, public information, and public education programs, as well as maintaining the 26 campus buildings at the National Emergency Training Center in Maryland.

She has more than 20 years of management experience in local and state government.

Past roles and achievements

Before becoming the deputy U.S. fire administrator, Hoover served as the superintendent of the USFA’s National Fire Academy from May 2017 to January 2020.

During this time, she enhanced the capabilities of fire and emergency services professionals.

Hoover was the California state fire marshal from July 2009 to July 2016, where she oversaw statewide fire prevention, training, and safety programs.

Her career also includes roles as a fire marshal/battalion chief for a local fire department and as a deputy campus fire marshal at the University of California, Berkeley.

Education and continued involvement

Tonya Hoover holds an MBA in Business and Human Resources from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science in Technical Education from Oklahoma State University.

She also has an associate degree in Fire Protection Engineering Technology from Oklahoma State University and a California lifetime teaching credential for fire science.

Hoover has been involved with several professional organizations, including the National Fire Protection Association and the International Fire Service Training Association.

She remains engaged with the International Code Council.

FSJA Comment

Tonya Hoover’s retirement marks the end of an extensive and impactful career in fire service and public safety.

Her dedication to the profession has been evident through her leadership roles and contributions to fire prevention, training, and education.

Hoover’s work at the U.S. Fire Administration and the National Fire Academy has significantly shaped the training and development of first responders across the nation.

Her tenure as California state fire marshal further exemplifies her commitment to enhancing fire safety and emergency response capabilities.

As Hoover transitions to a new chapter, her legacy in the fire service community will be remembered for her passion and leadership.

The impact of her work will continue to influence fire service practices and policies.

Fire and Safety Journal Americas wishes Tonya Hoover all the best in her retirement and thanks her for her many years of dedicated service.

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