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When Disaster Strikes

Hear firsthand about the disaster management and recovery following the crash of Continental Flight 3407—a tragedy that killed all forty-nine passengers on board and one person on the ground. David will share some of his challenges and lessons from this disaster, while giving the audience a compassionate leadership perspective.

Keynote Duration: 1 hour

Compassionate Leadership

For more than twenty-five years, David has developed a keen sense for compassionate leadership during a crisis or disaster. His ability to act boldly but considerately for all those affected has become a widely recognized skill, most notably during the crash of Continental Flight 3407 in 2009. During this presentation, David will provide his insight and recommendations for employing sensitive leadership at a time when emotions are high during and after a crisis.

Keynote Duration: 1 hour

Accommodating All Variables

When managing a crisis, you have to be ready for anything. Between his training, on-the-job experiences, and internal intuition, David has developed a unique ability to withstand the variables that may come his way when involved in a crisis. During this presentation, he will provide some keen insights into being able to accommodate all the variables as they come up, and how to better prepare yourself for the unexpected. David will also engage with the audience by answering specific questions regarding some of these unexpected variables.

Keynote Duration: 1 hour

“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 crash of Continental 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

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