David Bradshaw is a Consultant and Social Media Director with Threat Suppression, Incorporated. David is a 32-year veteran of emergency services and has extensive experience as a firefighter, EMT, and 911 telecommunicator.
David spent 16 years active fire service with 13 of those with in the largest combination paid/volunteer fire department in the country, serving the Washington, D.C. area where he was a fire captain/EMT. David has responded to more than 9,000 emergency incidents in his career and holds several levels of certifications in both firefighting and as a fire officer. David also worked as a telecommunicator for police/fire/EMS in a large communications center outside of Washington, D.C., and was directly involved in the response and communications center efforts for the September 11th Pentagon attack.
David is currently the Senior Shift Supervisor for a 911 Communications Center with a large, metropolitan fire department. The department responds to more than 130,000 emergency calls annually. David has been recognized in the past as the Supervisor of the Year for the 911 center. David also works part-time for a police department as a telecommunicator and maintains North Carolina Sheriff's standards certification for dispatchers, as well as DCI and NCIC certifications. David is FEMA certified as an advanced public information officer from the National Fire Academy. He is also FEMA certified in disaster response and recovery using social media.
During the 2012 Democratic National Convention (a National Special Security Event) in Charlotte, North Carolina, David assisted in the planning of communications coverage and operations for the city outside of the convention footprint, assuring seamless coverage and protection to the rest of the citizens and visitors to the city
David has a passion for the effective use of social media during active violence incidents, covering all aspects of its use from the first 911 call until the last responder clears the incident. David has also studied the personal use of social media by emergency responders, and the effect of the “career suicide by social media”. David has developed/coordinated/maintained social media and public relations efforts for several high profile organizations relating to public safety and the fire service. David can assist agencies with training responders on the responsible use of social media to avoid negative publicity, employment issues, or civil/criminal liability. David can be reached at email@example.com.