WHAT IS 4x4 RESPONSE?

4×4 Response is a charitable organisation made up of volunteers who commit their own time and 4×4 vehicles to provide assistance to the emergency services in times of need, as well as other charitable efforts all year round.

Our volunteers come from a wide variety of backgrounds and bring with them a large range of skills and experience. Not to mention they all share a common interest in 4×4 vehicles, along with the shared desire to put their skills and experience to good use in times of need.

WHAT IS 4x4 RESPONSE?

4×4 Response is a charitable organisation made up of volunteers who commit their own time and 4×4 vehicles to provide assistance to the emergency services in times of need, as well as other charitable efforts all year round.

Our volunteers come from a wide variety of backgrounds and bring with them a large range of skills and experience. Not to mention they all share a common interest in 4×4 vehicles, along with the shared desire to put their skills and experience to good use in times of need.

WHAT DO WE DO?

A bit of everything! It’s hard to pin 4×4 Response down to just a few duties, so in summary our mandate is:

To preserve and protect human life and property, in particular but not exclusively, by providing equipment, vehicles and other resources to offer support in adverse conditions.

Some days we can be transporting critical NHS staff or critical supplies in the snow, or maybe helping transport fire fighters to coastal flooding areas. Other days you might find us in the thick of the forest keeping an eye on charity fund raisers to make sure they are safe, or patrolling an event with a paramedic in the passenger seat, ready to respond to any emergency.

More commonly you will see us providing assistance to Lowland Search and Rescue by transporting search teams or dog teams.

When things go wrong you may also find us in the middle of a muddy field helping to recover vehicles after a heavy downpour during a summer fete.

WHAT DO WE DO?

A bit of everything! It’s hard to pin 4×4 Response down to just a few duties, so in summary our mandate is:

To preserve and protect human life and property, in particular but not exclusively, by providing equipment, vehicles and other resources to offer support in adverse conditions.

Some days we can be transporting critical NHS staff or critical supplies in the snow, or maybe helping transport fire fighters to coastal flooding areas. Other days you might find us in the thick of the forest keeping an eye on charity fund raisers to make sure they are safe, or patrolling an event with a paramedic in the passenger seat, ready to respond to any emergency.

More commonly you will see us providing assistance to Lowland Search and Rescue by transporting search teams or dog teams.

When things go wrong you may also find us in the middle of a muddy field helping to recover vehicles after a heavy downpour during a summer fete.

"TO PRESERVE AND PROTECT HUMAN LIFE AND PROPERTY, IN PARTICULAR BUT NOT EXCLUSIVELY, BY PROVIDING EQUIPMENT, VEHICLES AND OTHER RESOURCES TO OFFER SUPPORT IN ADVERSE CONDITIONS."

WHO ARE WE?

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Adam Bester

Chairman

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Kalvin McLeod

Vice-chair / Controller

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Nick Hindle

Training Co-ordinator

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Ross Spencer

Events Co-ordinator

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Darren Southernwood

Events Deputy

Nick Heywood

Nick Heywood

Minutes Secretary

WHAT HAVE WE DONE?

Below are some examples of our previous deployments.

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SAR Transport

In more recent years we have developed a working relationship with SAR teams to provide logistical support to search teams and other resources during deployment. Lowland Search and Rescue teams are typically deployed by the Police to help search for vulnerable people and ensure their safety. 4×4 Response provides a critical role in enabling those search teams to reach their search areas quickly wherever they may be. From fields, forests and lakes to towns and villages.) with all the equipment they may need.

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Charitable Events

For many years 4×4 Response has been providing logistical support and emergency services transport for a number of public charity events and private events. Our vehicles are equipped with first aid kits with most drivers first aid trained. We have a close working relationship with the health services and are able to provide emergency transport to paramedics and doctors anywhere that is off the public highway.

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Assisting the emergency services

During times of severe weather, it’s not unusual to see 4×4 Response deployed en masse to assist the Police and local Hospitals cope with the poor weather. We provide transport to critical health care workers and blood transportation during periods of heavy snow and flooding. We can also be found working closely with the Police to reach and assist people who may have become stranded in the poor weather and are deemed to be at risk.

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?

There are a number of ways you can get signed up to support Norfolk and Suffolk 4×4 Response.

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?

There are a number of ways you can get signed up to support Norfolk and Suffolk 4×4 Response.

WHO DO WE SUPPORT?

Below are some examples of the groups that we support.

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TRAINING

Training is given to all our drivers to prepare them for the situations they may face. Many of our drivers already have experience in working and driving in arduous conditions making them ideally suited to a role in 4×4 Response.

It doesn’t matter if you have never used your vehicle for anything other than the daily commute or if you have years of experience driving all manner of vehicles. We provide training for all skill levels and capabilities to ensure our drivers are prepared for any situation.

Many of our members hold a First Aid certification and a number of drivers have gone on to receive LANTRA qualifications in Off-Road Driving and Winch Operation.  We also teach navigation skills, safe recovery techniques and basic vehicle maintenance skills. Much of our training takes place ‘on the job’ through a buddy system whereby experienced members will ride along with newer members to show them to ropes and upskill them.

TRAINING

Training is given to all our drivers to prepare them for the situations they may face. Many of our drivers already have experience in working and driving in arduous conditions making them ideally suited to a role in 4×4 Response.

It doesn’t matter if you have never used your vehicle for anything other than the daily commute or if you have years of experience driving all manner of vehicles. We provide training for all skill levels and capabilities to ensure our drivers are prepared for any situation.

Many of our members hold a First Aid certification and a number of drivers have gone on to receive LANTRA qualifications in Off-Road Driving and Winch Operation.  We also teach navigation skills, safe recovery techniques and basic vehicle maintenance skills. Much of our training takes place ‘on the job’ through a buddy system whereby experienced members will ride along with newer members to show them to ropes and upskill them.

CAPABILITIES

Norfolk and Suffolk 4×4 Response offers a variety of capabilities to benefit the emergency services, other volunteer groups, public events and private events. A few examples of our capabilities are listed below. If you have an event taking place and are not sure if we can help, please get in touch to discuss your requirements further.

  • Marshall transport
  • Event course patrols and course changes
  • Logistical support to move resources around during an event.
  • Competitor recovery (e.g. retiring from a competitive event due to injury)
  • Paramedic / Doctor / Stretcher transport where an Ambulance would be unable to operate.
  • Roaming radio communications across any size operating area.
  • Vehicle recovery for events where parking has a risk of vehicles becoming immobile (Grazing fields used for parking etc).
  • Vehicle recovery to the emergency services during severe weather.
  • Transport for critical emergency services personnel during severe weather.
  • 24/7 Call out service for high profile scenarios / at-risk persons (E.g. Search and Rescue logistical support).

CAPABILITIES

Norfolk and Suffolk 4×4 Response offers a variety of capabilities to benefit the emergency services, other volunteer groups, public events and private events. A few examples of our capabilities are listed below. If you have an event taking place and are not sure if we can help, please get in touch to discuss your requirements further.

  • Marshall transport
  • Event course patrols and course changes
  • Logistical support to move resources around during an event.
  • Competitor recovery (e.g. retiring from a competitive event due to injury)
  • Paramedic / Doctor / Stretcher transport where an Ambulance would be unable to operate.
  • Roaming radio communications across any size operating area.
  • Vehicle recovery for events where parking has a risk of vehicles becoming immobile (Grazing fields used for parking etc).
  • Vehicle recovery to the emergency services during severe weather.
  • Transport for critical emergency services personnel during severe weather.
  • 24/7 Call out service for high profile scenarios / at-risk persons (E.g. Search and Rescue logistical support).

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