ESO hires former Leander Fire Department Chief, Bill Gardner, as Director of Fire Products

Industry veteran brings years of expertise and insight to shape fire services product portfolio

February 26, 2019 – AUSTIN, TexasESO, the leading data and software company serving emergency medical services (EMS), fire departments and hospitals, today announced the hiring of Bill Gardner, former Chief of the Leander Fire Department, as Director of Fire Products.

“Having Bill join our team is a big win for us,” said Shelley Koegler, Vice President of Fire for ESO. “His years of expertise in public safety will be instrumental in helping us execute on our vision of delivering the most comprehensive, integrated fire suite in the industry.”

Gardner brings more than 35 years of Fire and EMS experience to ESO. 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.

He has been recognized twice as the Paramedic of the Year with Austin/Travis Co. EMS, as well as EMS First Responder of the Year at Jollyville. Gardner was also a finalist for Texas Firefighter of the Year in 2017. He also served as the President of the Texas State Firefighters and Fire Marshals’ Association. Gardner holds several degrees and certifications in fire administration, fire technology and emergency management from a variety of organizations, including Texas Tech University, the Center for Public Safety Excellence and the National Fire Academy.

“The fire service has provided so much for me personally and allowed me amazing opportunities,” said Gardner. “I have been able to use data and information to implement improvements at the local and state level. Coming to ESO and collaborating with the great team here will allow me to continue that work by helping the fire service be safer and more effective. I believe ESO is best positioned to lead the charge and partner with the industry to help our EMS and fire brethren make a difference.”

About ESO

ESO is dedicated to improving community health and safety through the power of data. Since its founding in 2004, the company continues to pioneer innovative, user-friendly software to meet the changing needs of today’s EMS agencies, fire departments, and hospitals. ESO currently serves more than 14,000 customers throughout North America with a broad software portfolio, including the industry-leading ESO Electronic Health Record (EHR), the next generation ePCR; ESO Health Data Exchange (HDE), the first-of-its-kind healthcare interoperability platform; ESO Fire and ESO FIREHOUSE Software for fire departments; and ambulance revenue recovery/billing software. ESO is headquartered in Austin, Texas. For more information, visit

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