On New Year’s day 2005 I was crewman on the Wellington-based Westpac Rescue Helicopter when we made the 750km (466 mi) trip from Wellington to The Chatham Islands.

Our mission was clear. A winch rescue of an injured sailor taking part in a round-the-world yacht race. Unfortunately, the yacht was still too far from the Chatham’s to complete the rescue that day. The following morning we successfully carried out the rescue.

Six weeks later I found myself aboard that yacht, sailing between Wellington, New Zealand, and Sydney Australia. I was one of many Dave’s onboard the yacht so we were all given nicknames; my nickname became “Rescue Dave”.

This rescue is one of nearly 4000 I took part in during a 25-year career on the rescue helicopter.

I finished my flying career in May 2016. Today I am a speaker, consultant, teacher and (quite surprisingly!) author – my first book called Emergency Response will be released by Penguin Random House (NZ) in October 2017.

Most of all I am a story teller; using my experiences from a life time in the emergency services as a metaphor for life, business and staying safe.

Thanks for reading!