This webcast was originally broadcast on July 22, 2020
and is now available for on demand viewing.
“The goal is to turn data into information, and information into insight” – Carly Fiorina, former CEO of HP.
In the fire service, we’re constantly challenged to collect an ever increasing amount of data, but the real value is not in what we collect but what we seek to do with the information collected.
In this webinar, you’ll learn exactly how you can transform data into actionable insight across your department to create a story of how your department serves the community and what changes you can make as a result of analyzing insights. You’ll see real-world examples of how fire departments across the country have improved everything from increasing funding, building community support, recruiting stronger candidates, decreasing casualties and injuries, and much more.
You’ll leave with practical insight and advice you can use at your own department to begin shaping the story of your fire data. Come learn how your department can unlock the story of your data – and take charge of the data you collect.
Bill Gardner, CFO, CFE, EMT-P
Sr. Director of Fire Products
Bill Gardner has more than 35 years of Fire and EMS experience. Most recently, he was the Chief of the Leander Fire Department, retiring in February 2019 and holding that role since 2010. Gardner was instrumental in helping the fire department grow and scale in one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. Chief Gardner has worked in numerous size agencies from all volunteer to metro-size departments.
He has numerous recognitions during his service at the local, state, and national level. He currently holds a Master Fire Firefighter Certification, Investigators Certification, Instructor Certifications, CFO, and CFE. He also served as the President of the Texas State Firefighters and Fire Marshals’ Association. Gardner currently serves as a Senior Advisor for Leander Fire Department Instructor and Advisory Board Member to TEEX Annual School Programs, Instructor in the Chief Development Program, and presents at numerous state and national conferences. Gardner also works with publishers and programs on curriculum development for fire officers and leadership programs.
Gardner holds several degrees and certifications in fire administration, fire technology, EMS, and emergency management from a variety of organizations, including Texas Tech University, the Center for Public Safety Excellence and the National Fire Academy.
Fire Chief, Travis County Emergency Services District #5
Manchaca Fire/Rescue Department – Austin, TX
Chief Barron has worked diligently in the fire service for over 29 years to increase service delivery performances in the local central Texas area and around the state of Texas. He holds numerous fire certifications, and a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Business Administration. Barron has received numerous leadership and organizational awards for his leadership including the John Buckman Leadership Award, the IAFC/VCOS Recruitment/Retention Award and in 2014, Chief Barron was awarded the International Association of Fire Chief’s Chief of the Year Award amongst a nationwide group of colleagues. Barron retired from the State Firefighters’ and Fire Marshals’ Association where he served almost 15 years as the Executive Director.
Moderator: Peter Matthews
Peter Matthews is the conference director and editor-in-chief of Firehouse. He has been with Firehouse since 1999, serving in various roles for both Firehouse Magazine and Firehouse.com. He completed an internship with the Rochester, NY, Fire Department and served with fire departments in Rush, NY, and Laurel, MD, and was a lieutenant with the Glenwood Fire Company in Glenwood, NY. Matthews also served as photographer for the St. Paul, MN, Fire Department.