Sussex 4×4 Response Provides 4×4 Assistance To The Emergency Services & Local Authority Councils In Adverse Weather Conditions.
Welcome to our website Sussex 4×4 Response.
In 1999, a 4×4 response group was started in Norfolk with the aim of providing support to the local community and to promote 4×4 response across the country. A national 4×4 response organisation was then formed in 2008 to act as an umbrella charity. Since then groups have formed across most of the country, with Sussex being one of the latest. We are all volunteers with our time given freely to support our user groups. We all have a desire to help our community in times of need, using our 4×4 vehicles to go where other vehicles cannot. The majority of vehicles driven by our members are standard, unmodified 4×4’s whereas others have been modified to enhance off road performance. Models range from the little Suzuki Jimny to the ubiquitous Land Rover.
Who Are We ?
Sussex 4×4 Response is a registered charity & volunteer organisation that offers various services to Local Authorities, Emergency Services and other Agencies.
We have trained and insured Responders who are members of our charity who officially carry out Response work as requested.
This would be providing primarily reliable transport in times of severe weather (Snow, gales, heavy rain and floods) & Any Other Major Emergencies in Sussex.
This can be to transport essential personnel or supplies to areas that would be hard or impossible to reach in normal vehicles and/or in support of local authorities rest centres. We also Provide mobile marshals for sponsored walks, & other charity events.
Across the Country there are at least 21 Response Groups who have officially participated in the following:
– Delivering Water, food and hygiene packs following Floods
– Evacuating members of the public during floods
– Assisting the British Divers Marine Life Rescue in returning beached porpoises to the sea.
– Transporting Out Of Hours GPs during floods & snow.
– Attending Local Authority emergency planning exercises (CCU’s)
– Recovering a Life Boat (on trailer) that had become bogged down on a beach
– Transporting members of Search and Rescue Teams to remote areas
– Moving a display trailer for the local Air Ambulance
– Recovering an Ambulance stuck in snow
– Moving a mobile radio aerial on behalf of Raynet
– Recovering vehicles from a seafront car park during the East Coast tidal surge in 2007
– Recovering vehicles from the snow bound M11 in January 2003
How do we operate in Sussex ?
In times of need we operate alongside county and local councils, Sussex Police & emergency services, Hospitals TCC (Tactical Control Centre) and EPO (Emergency Planning Officers) so operations run smoothly between all agencies involved.
If you were a parish council in need of assistance in an emergency you would normally contact your main ESCC or WSCC council for us to become involved if we had not been instructed to assist in your area already.
We have MOU’s (Memorandum Of Understanding) with most councils in Sussex also with Raynet, NHS, and other local hospitals and with Sussex Police.
On a local level within Sussex during the winters of 2012/2013 our responders were out carrying out various tasks in the local community under our organisation,
We provided transport to paramedics, district nurses and doctors to there relevant places of work or if needed transported the doctors and nurses on there patient rounds.
We were also providing many of the local hospitals in the area with assistance transporting staff to and from the hospitals.
As a group we also attend many of the local shows and emergency services open days and also organise social events such as BBQ’s and camping events as well as running training days throughout the year for our Responders.
Sussex 4×4 Response is here to assist you – Build us into your Agencies Emergency Pre-Plan ! Please See Our Contact Us Page.
Finally, if you have any questions please do contact the group either through our forum, via our information telephone number – 07077 079706 – or by email to – firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for taking the time to read this and for your interest in the group
Dave Green – Chairman, Sussex 4×4 Response Team.
Registered Charity Number 1155780
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