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Tonya Hoover discusses the home fire sprinkler experience in California

By Mike Hazell The keynote address at the Northwest Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit in Vancouver, WA, was delivered by California State Fire Marshal Tonya Hoover. She described the process that led to a statewide sprinkler mandate in the Golden State. Though California officially adopted sprinkler requirements in 2010, Hoover said the “process” started four years before the submission of the code adoption proposal. During that time, a task group comprised of various stakeholders–fire service, building industry, government, to name a few–was formed to iron out any concerns. This process, noted Hoover, led to open discussions and information sharing. Download “Successes from the Golden…

Source:: NFPA – Fire Sprinkler Initiative

Michael S. Williams

Michael S. Williams

Williams founded the Fire Services Training Institute in 1995 to find solutions to the challenges confronting the volunteer fire service. He has been an active member of California State Firefighters Association (CSFA) since 1994, having served on the volunteer and public relations committees, and as a southern division deputy director. He sits on several local organizations including the Santa Barbara County Fire Safe Council, the Tri-Counties Training Officers Association, Santa Barbara Chapter of CAER and is a founding member of the Santa Barbara PIO group Emergency Public Information Communicators (EPIC). He has been the author of many articles and a columnist for a local newspaper on public safety matters. He is also the co-host of Community Alert on KZSB AM-1290 in Santa Barbara. Williams has been a member of the California State Board of Fire Services since 2008. Prior to becoming involved in the volunteer fire service, Williams was a California police officer for 12 ½ years and a POST certified Field Training Officer. He is a licensed private investigator and security consultant specializing in self-insured, government and insurance defense assignments.


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