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Sussex 4×4 Response again this year helped the Martlets Hospice Midnight Walk in Brighton have a Good Night by Marshaling with their 4×4 Response Support Vehicles for the event which took place overnight on Friday 13th June.

Hundreds of women took part in the night time walk in Brighton starting at midnight from Brighton Racecourse, and taking them around the streets of Brighton & Hove to raise cash for the patient and family support team who provide vital support to patients and their families. This year’s event again has been given huge support from Sussex 4×4 Response.

Sussex 4×4 Response volunteers marshaled the walk at designated spots round the course and support Vehicles were also on hand mobile around the course for various situations. our attendance on the night with 4×4 vehicles and volunteers to handle marshalling and rescue transport for those who couldn’t finish the route on the night, during the event our network of vehicles and radio coverage allowed the night for Martlets Hospice and all involved to run smoothly.

Sussex 4×4 Response, said; “It was our pleasure to be able to offer our help and support to the Martlets Hospice. It is a great cause, and as the Midnight Walk is one of their biggest events Sussex 4×4 Response made it a safe night for all those involved”.

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Again this year our team helped out with this amazing event and it was a great night helping to marshal it & keep all of Chestnut Tree House’s amazing 800 women walkers safe & encouraged during the early hours in Eastbourne.

Well done to everyone involved it all went very well and we were all done by 5am, Many thanks again to our Team also the CTH Team for accommodating us again last night !

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Chestnut Tree House is the only children’s hospice in Sussex and cares for 280 children and young adults from 0-25 years of age with progressive life-limiting conditions from Sussex.
The hospice costs almost £3 million per year to run. Families are never charged for their care and only less than 8p in every pound is funded by the government, so they rely heavily on the generosity, help and support of the people of Sussex.

This Weekend sees our Off Road & Recovery Level 1 & 2 Courses over in West Sussex !

10942674186_cc96dec212_bBefore we can expect members to commit to responding, it’s important to make sure that they are properly equipped for the wide range of circumstances that they might be called upon to handle, and that means training.

Sussex 4×4 Response is developing its own training standards to provide a recognisable level of competence held by its responders. There are a wide range of training courses available to members but at its heart is practical off road driving and vehicle recovery training which takes place at a private off-road site in West Sussex which is a former chalk pit.

Over the course of the training weekend members will learn the safe approach to dealing with failed hill climbs, steep ascents and descents, driving side slopes and crossing, ascending and descending deep gulleys. On the vehicle recovery front, members were shown the safe way to tow a vehicle and to be towed on a rope and how to recover a vehicle that had slipped off the road driven by a person who hadn’t got a clue what they were doing. One of our trainers has excellent acting skills!

If you want to use your vehicle in adverse weather conditions and fancy putting something back into the community, you should consider joining your local 4×4 response team. You’ll find great friendship and will be using your 4×4 for something really worthwhile !

Here’s a video of last autumns Responders in action.

This popular free event was a mix of fun and learning through interactive displays, including a simulated fire, and RTA Rescue.

1518317_699677513416000_7960206926508940699_oFun and Safety was free and open to all ages. There was a reported 923 people through the doors at Uckfield fire station. Parents and carers were able to benefit from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service offering the opportunity to sign up for home safety fire checks. To keep energy levels topped up, fruit for all the children attending has been kindly donated by Waitrose.

The town’s firefighters carried out three demonstrations during the event while Fireman Sam & Welephant rescued a ‘damsel in distress’ from a lounge fire.

The Heavy Animal Rescue Unit from Crowborough made a guest appearance to display their equipment and skills while Sussex Police showed visitors around their vehicle and offered safety advice.

Sussex 4×4 Response had a good number of visitors who showed an interest in what we do and the children were also tempted by our lucky dip & also shown around some of our vehicles and equipment.

This was a hugely successful event and all at Uckfield Fire Station wished to thank those who supported it.

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We were invited to the 1st Crowborough King Scout Troup last week, A number of 4×4 Response members brought their vehicles to the meeting and made them available for inspection by the scouts. A presentation was made to the Troup on the work Sussex 4×4 Response carries out by the group’s chairman, Dave Green.

Speaking after the event, Dave said “It was great to address such a young and enthusiastic audience and to give them an idea of the work we do and the value that 4×4 vehicles and volunteer drivers can give to the community in times of need.”

We were also surprisingly presented with a donation for the charity by the scouts.

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Well what a nice day it was for our course on Sunday 9th march 2014

Matt our Training Officer was looking for members with the right experience to become Sussex 4×4 Response Trainers. To that end, a number of responders put themselves forward and we then run the “Train the Trainers” day, at our West Sussex site on Sunday. We were looking for members who had good experience of off road driving and vehicle recovery techniques.

Before we can expect members to commit to responding, it’s important to make sure that they are properly equipped for the wide range of circumstances that they might be called upon to handle, and that means training.

Sussex 4×4 Response is developing its own training standards to provide a recognisable level of competence held by its responders. There is a wide range of training courses available to members but at its heart is practical off road driving and vehicle recovery training which takes place at a private off-road site in West Sussex which is a former chalk pit.

Many Thanks to everyone that was involved !

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s300_sign3Flooding presents a number of risks to health, drowning being the most obvious. Serious injury can be caused by falling into fast flowing water or from hidden dangers under the water, such as missing manhole covers.
The stress and strain of being flooded and cleaning up can have a notable impact on mental health and well being.

In the event of major floods, Public Health England works with local agencies, including the NHS, police, local government and Environment Agency to provide expert advice on protecting the health of the local community, particularly from microbiological and chemical hazards.

Our local health protection centres, liaising with national colleagues who specialise in environmental hazards, infectious diseases and emergency planning, can provide a focal point for health protection advice to local responders and the public. The Environment Agency has a key role in warning people about the risk of flooding, and in reducing the likelihood of flooding from rivers and the sea.

Message from Public Health England

Please see below the link to a new leaflet ‘How to clean up safely after a flood’ now online at Public Health England website.

http://www.hpa.org.uk/web/HPAweb&Page&HPAwebAutoListName/Page/1158934608011

So yet another storm is on the way to the South this weekend.

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- Amber Warning of Rain for South East

Following the heavy rain that occurred on Thursday night another band of rain, heavy at times, accompanied by coastal gales will affect southwest England during Friday evening, moving quickly east across other southern areas early on Saturday. The rain will clear the extreme southeast of England on Saturday morning, to be followed by frequent heavy and squally showers.

The public should be prepared for disruption due to flooding.

A yellow warning will remain in force through Saturday across the south on top of this to cater for further heavy showers.

Keep up to date with the latest warnings at: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings

 Please ensure you keep away from rising and fast flowing rivers, Drive Safe, Slow Down, Stay Safe, Stay #Floodaware  Live flood map – http://shoothill.com/flood

Environment Agency Online flood warning services
http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/31618.aspx

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Heavy rain and gale force winds have hit Sussex today as the Met Office extended its forecast for bad weather.

The Met Office has today upgraded the severe weather warnings for rain to AMBER for the rest of the week.

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Keep up to date with the latest warnings at: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings/

Please ensure you keep away from rising and fast flowing rivers, Drive Safe, Slow Down, Stay Safe, Stay #Floodaware  Live flood map – http://shoothill.com/flood

Online flood warning services
http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/31618.aspx

What to do during an amber severe weather warning for rain


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Philippine officials have been overwhelmed by Haiyan, one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded, which tore through the central Philippines on Friday and flattened Tacloban a city the size of Wales. _71110190_philippine_typhoon_numbers_v2_624

Sussex 4×4 Response Fri Nov 15, 2013 – ERT-SAR UK is now planning to deploy to a team to the Philippines late Sunday, early Monday, They will be meeting a similar team from Canada.
We will be needed to move emergency shelters from the supplier in Devon to either Henley on Thames, ERT-SAT HQ, or direct to the airport. There will also be medical supplies to be collected from East Sussex and taken to either Henley or the airport.

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Nick Taylor of Emergency Response Team – Search and Rescue UK
Was profuse in his thanks to us for the help that we gave in providing the logistics to move urgent materials in the UK prior to shipment to the Philippines.
Our part may have been small but it was vital to the team and much appreciated.

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I would like to express my thanks and thanks on behalf of ERT-SAR and the people of the Philippines for your assistance with collection and delivery of the much needed medications, without your assistance at such short notice we would not have been able to deploy with these essential medical supplies which went on to treat around 7,000 people.

Best Regards
Nick Taylor
Emergency Response Team SAR UK
http://www.ert-sar.com/

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