About David

Strength and compassion, when it’s needed most.

Awards and Accolades

2009 Courage and Leadership

National Safety Council

2010 Citizen of the Year

Clarence Chamber of Commerce

2009 Paul Harris Fellowship

Rotary International

David Bissonette

Dave is a highly accomplished health, safety and environmental professional, as well as an author and speaker with over twenty years of leadership experiences in diverse industrial organizations. He worked as a General Superintendent for a general contractor and was responsible for all aspects of field operations including safety and customer relations. His passion and talent for training and working with operations personnel helped him in the development of a proactive safety culture.

In 1978 Dave became a member of the Clarence Volunteer Fire Department. During his career with the volunteer fire service, he quickly earned various officers ranks including Assistant Chief and Chief. He later served on the Clarence Fire District’s board of fire commissioners.

Concurrently with his career as a safety professional, in 1992 he accepted the town supervisor’s appointment as Emergency Coordinator for the Town of Clarence, NY. He has been responsible for providing emergency support and guidance on a number of large-scale emergencies including anhydrous ammonia releases, chemical plant explosion and fire, regional heavy snowstorms and long-term power outages.

Dave’s most recent high-profile accomplishment was the successful coordination of the response to the crash of Continental Airlines flight 3407 which crashed on February 12, 2009, killing all forty-nine persons on board and one person on the ground. As the towns emergency coordinator, Dave was charged with the responsibility for overall incident coordination including fire ground support to the Fire Chief, evacuation and the needs of the residents, recovery, investigation and the planning and execution of the neighborhood-remediation strategy.

Dave’s enthusiastic and strong communication skills are effective for any company in need of a stronger performance and safety culture. Passion for change, improving quality of life, and making a difference are all qualities Dave possesses.

Bissonette is married to Traci Bissonette, Owner/Stylist of Montage Hair Design. The couple and their two Jack Russells live in Clarence, NY.

“David is the consummate professional. He is an excellent presenter who holds an audience’s attention and involves them with his presentation. He is an acknowledged leader in the area of emergency response and his experience is an invaluable asset that he is willing to share with audiences and students.”
—Steven MacMartin, Director – Homeland Security Program, Medaille College

“We were so pleased to bring Mr. Bissonette to our Fire Symposium in Hamburg Germany and hear about his personal involvement in the Continental crash of flight 3407. His experience and practical application was a value to our fire service professionals.”
—Veronika Trautman, Director of Training, National Fire Academe, Hamburg Germany

“Attending sessions with knowledgeable speakers such as David Bissonette is one way for each of us to stay on top of the important issues faced each day. His enthusiasm, knowledge and professional manner made the session enjoyable to attend.”
—Ronald J. Drum, Chief of Hazardous Materials/Homeland Security Bureau NYS Office of Fire Prevention & Control

If you would like more information, or to have a discussion...

Flight 3407 Book

In Flight 3407: Compassionate Leadership in the Face of Disaster, David and Traci reveal proven tactics and strategies to help you, the leader, navigate through any situation—from the everyday inconvenience to the unimaginable tragedy.

When Disaster Strikes DVD

When Disaster Strikes is a compelling story of the actual events that occurred on February 12th, 2009 in Clarence, New York. Continental flight 3407 crashed into a suburban home killing all forty-nine souls on board and one person on the ground.