Dave is currently working in the New Zealand Fire Service in Christchurch Metro- Area 21, and holds the rank of Area Commander.
He began his career within the New Zealand Fire Service in 1985, as a fire-fighter and was promoted to Station Officer in 1992 spending time in Fire Safety and various operational roles until being promoted to Senior Station Officer in 2001, then Area Commander in 2013.
Dave has been actively involved in the rescue scene within the New Zealand Fire Service, particularly motor vehicle rescue. He has developed national and regional service delivery strategy, training programs for trainers and students, as well as equipment purchasing and servicing regimes.
Dave is co-author of the original and current New Zealand Fire Service motor vehicle accident rescue manual and member of the current subject matter advisory group for the Fire Service.
Dave also specialised in rural fire investigation having participated in several successful prosecutions and recoveries, he also completed a tour as a divisional supervisor in the California wildfires deployment in 2006. Dave has a proven background in rural fire operations which is complimented by his Incident Management Team experience.
During the tragic Christchurch Earthquake of 2011, Dave was involved with the initial rescue efforts and follow up response and recovery operation. Dave was awarded the New Zealand Fire Service Commission Citation for exceptional leadership during this period.
He has recently completed a Masters in Emergency Management (Charles Sturt University) and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Emergency Management (Massey University, New Zealand) and is a Graduate of AIPM Applied Management . Dave is currently studying for the Diploma in Executive Leadership through AIPM.
Dave is a member of the Australasian Road Rescue Organisation (ARRO) Technical Committee and the current ARRO Challenge Coordinator.