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Register to attend this webinar on Tuesday, July 2, at 2 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. CT / 11 a.m. PT by completing the “Register for this FireRescue1 Webinar” box on this page!

Join us for an important webinar centered on firefighter safety. Bill Gardner, Senior Director of Fire, CFE, CFO, EMT-P at ESO, and Antonio R. Fernandez, Principal Research Scientist, PhD, NRP at ESO, will take a close look into the topic of on-scene decontamination practices.

Together, we’ll explore practical strategies for better safety protocols within firefighting operations. From identifying best practices and guidelines to discussing real-world solutions for improving decontamination procedures, you’ll be equipped with actionable insights to improve safety within your team.

Engage with industry leaders, exchange insights, and collectively work towards elevating the standards of safety within firefighting practices. Whether you’re a seasoned firefighter, a safety professional, or a stakeholder in the firefighting community, this webinar offers a unique opportunity for everyone.

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L - R: Bill Gardner, Antonio Fernandez

Bill Gardner serves as the Senior Director of Fire at ESO. He retired as the Fire Chief in Leander, Texas, in 2019, after starting his firefighting career in 1985. Throughout his career, Bill worked across various Fire, Emergency Management, and Emergency Medical Services Departments. He earned recognition twice as Paramedic of the Year (1999 & 2001) by Austin/Travis Co. EMS. Bill received a nomination for Fire Chief of the Year from the International Association of Fire Chiefs, was named Central Texas Firefighter of the Year, and served as the President of the Texas State Firefighters and Fire Marshals’ Association.

Antonio Fernandez ESO’s Principal Research Scientist, has over 20 years of experience as a certified EMS provider. He became an EMT in 2003 and achieved national certification as a paramedic in 2005. Tony was the second person to successfully complete the National Registry of EMTs EMS Research Fellowship, where he earned his PhD in Epidemiology/Public Health from the Ohio State University. After the fellowship, Tony spent 10 years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as an Assistant Professor and Director of EMS Research for the EMS Performance Improvement Center.