Dave Roberts-Simcock is a volunteer Mountain Rescue Liaison Officer. He forms a vital bridge between North Wales Police, Mountain Rescue and other search organisations in North Wales. He provides a point of contact as well as tactical advice and support during land rescue operations.
On New Year’s Eve 2016, he volunteered within the Force Control Room and was crucial in a rescue operation.
At around 2.30am, a colleague was taking a 999 call from two people who were lost and stuck somewhere on Snowdon. Conditions were severe, with snow, a 40mph wind, and a wind chill temperature of -12. One of the climbers had a pre-existing knee injury which had flared up, was diabetic and had other medical complications.
A complex four-hour rescue operation ensured, with Dave providing vital information, advice and support from the control room. After some innovation and excellent work by his volunteer mountain rescue colleagues, the climbers were found.
At 6.20am, the rescue helicopter crew winched the casualty to safety, Dave hung up his headset and, after being thanked by North Wales senior officers, he made his way home.
Dave says he felt fulfilled, proud and happy at the outcome and was so glad he had made the decision to volunteer that night.