The U.S. Fire Administration is getting some help at the top from Oklahoma.
Tonya Hoover, an Oklahoma State University Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology graduate, has been named the new superintendent of the National FIre Academy, the first woman to hold that position. She was formerly the California state fire marshal.
Hoover earned an associate degree in fire protection and safety in 1984, followed by a bachelor's in technical education in 1986. She says her OSU education has been invaluable: "I can honestly say that throughout my career -- that ranged from being a fire inspector, a deputy campus fire marshal for a large university, a local government fire marshal to being the assistant state fire marshal and now the state fire marshal -- I have used every piece of knowledge and applied every skill."
Through the years, Hoover has been involved with OSU through the alumni association, a frequent guest speaker and a member of the IFSTA board of directors.