Virtual Summit 2021 - Showing Why You Are Worth Volunteering With

The fire service is reportedly showing a decrease in qualified candidates to enter the workforce, both career and volunteer, but there is a limited change in how recruiting is done. This session will provide tools and information that can be applied in departments.  One-in-three American labor force are millennials, making them the largest generation in the workforce. This program will show you compelling ways to bring this group to volunteer because they see the difference they can make. 

Bill Gardner


Senior Director of Fire Products at ESO, Chief Gardner retired in 2019 as the Fire Chief in Leander, Texas. After retiring from his fire service career, he returned as volunteer Sr Advisor at Leander Fire.  Bill began his firefighting career in 1985, working at various Municipal Fire, Emergency Management and Emergency Medical Services Departments. He was recognized twice as the Paramedic of the Year (1999 & 2001) at Austin/Travis Co. EMS, received a nomination for International Association of Fire Chiefs for the Fire Chief, Central Texas Firefighter of the Year, and was a finalist for Texas Firefighter of the Year. Gardner also served as the President of the Texas State Firefighters and Fire Marshals’ Association.


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