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Philippines Typhoon Disaster Haiyan Our Small UK Deployment

typhoon-haiyan-2-537x313There were wind speeds of 195mph and wind gusts of 235mph

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.


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.


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



Sussex 4×4 Response – Essential Advice for Safe Winter…


Sussex 4×4 Response – Prepare for Safe Winter Driving

how-to-drive-in-snow-with-dipped-headlights1Winter is the season requiring most care and preparation if you are to stay safe on the roads.

The British winter is unpredictable. Bad weather can strike suddenly, so please make sure you & your vehicle are prepared for these conditions in case the bad weather strikes in your area.

We are likely to see sub-zero temperatures at some point, which means frost and icy patches on our roads. Now is the time to give your car a once-over before winter conditions take hold. Bad weather can strike suddenly and more severely than you expect, so it’s really important to be proactive, rather than reactive.

Road Safety Advice

During extremely bad weather conditions:

  • Check the local and national weather forecasts
  • Listen to local and national radio for travel information
  • Tell someone at your destination what time you expect to arrive
  • Make sure you are equipped with warm clothes, food, boots and a torch – in snowy conditions, take a spade
  • Clear your windows and mirrors before you set out and carry a screen scraper and de-icer

Read more “Sussex 4×4 Response – Essential Advice for Safe Winter Driving”


Sussex 4×4 Response – Winter Emergency Kit What to…

sw0905Winter Emergency Kit What to carry in your car ?

Think like a Scout or Guide this Winter and Be Prepared for bad weather as this can strike anytime follow our essential advice that could be a lifesaver.
Back in 2010, thousands of motorists found themselves stuck in their cars for up to 15 hours as snow, ice and gridlocked roads & motorways left them stranded.

article-1262468-08f17886000005dc-354_634x370The Red Cross recommends that every car on the road should have a well-stocked emergency supply kit in winter.

Always make sure you run with as much fuel in your tank as you possibly can in bad weather especially if it has snowed We know the Fuel situation for many is a sore subject at present but is essential if you were to get stranded for several hours.

  • Battery jump cables
  • First aid kit
  • Shovel
  • Basic tool kit
  • Tow rope
  • Warning triangle
  • Sleeping bags or a blanket
  • Extra winter clothing (caps, socks, mittens,boots,coat)
  • Some sealed snacks (biscuits) & drink (2 litres water)
  • Ice scraper & de-icer
  • Torch
  • High Visibility vest
  • Cellular phone, power adapter, extra charged battery
  • If your car uses a screw-in towing eye, know where it is
  • Flashing light (optional)



Sussex 4×4 Response – Volunteers To Help Sussex Police…

IMG_1576Drivers of 4×4 vehicles from across Sussex are to help police deal with major emergencies in the county.

An agreement has been signed by Sussex 4×4 Response, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne and Deputy Chief Constable Giles York that will see the charity’s members support officers at some major incidents.

Emergencies such as the heavy snow that has fallen in the county over the last few years have shown the benefit of having an extra fleet of all-weather vehicles available to the emergency services.

Under the new agreement, members of Sussex 4×4 Response will volunteer to help with transportation in difficult conditions at short notice around the clock.

The roles could include trips such as taking key staff to work so they can do their jobs or delivering supplies or equipment to officers involved in operations, or help with search & rescue operations.

It will not involve the volunteers taking on police roles or dealing with 999 emergencies.

DSCF1332Sussex 4×4 Response already helps NHS staff including doctors and nurses to get to work or to patients in bad weather or during emergencies when they might otherwise be unable to get their safely.

The idea was trialled successfully by Sussex Police during the sudden snowfall in the county in March when Sussex 4×4 Response volunteers helped get 999 control centre staff to their offices to keep the emergency telephone system working.

Inspector Andy Kundert, Sussex Police’s head of emergency planning, said: “The Sussex 4×4 Response volunteers could be of great help in an emergency”.

“They will allow us to help more people by reducing the logistical problems that can be caused by extreme weather or difficult ground conditions, such as in more rural locations”.

“For example, instead of officers being tied up getting staff to the 999 control centres, they will be able to stay out on patrols helping members of the public while the volunteers transport the workers to where they need to be”.

“We will be able to concentrate on doing our job of making sure people stay safe”.

DSCF1353Volunteers will have to undergo first aid training, learn advanced driver skills and be given health and safety guidance before they can get involved in the scheme.

They will also vetted by the force and would have to sign a health declaration and confirm their vehicle is in good working order.

Each will carry an ID card confirming who they are and what their role is.

In an emergency, senior officers would contact the charity’s co-ordinators who would mobilise as many volunteers as is required.

The volunteers will not be paid but can claim expenses for any mileage they do and for basic maintenance on their vehicles on operations.

BTaLebjIgAEedf1.jpg largeMike Cook, the Chairman of Sussex 4×4 Response said “The signing of this agreement is the culmination of months of negotiation between Sussex 4×4 Response and Sussex Police. We are very pleased that our member’s hard work, dedication and professionalism have been recognised by the Police and Crime Commissioner and we look forward to helping Sussex Police in the service of our community”.×4-drivers-volunteer-to-help-police-during-emergencies/×4-drivers-project-help-emergency-services/story-19782091-detail/story.html



Sussex 4×4 Response – How To Stay Safe In…

lightningThunderbolts and lightning can be very frightening, but how best to stay safe when a storm breaks?

The recent hot weather has led to thunderstorms.

Thunderstorms are short, sharp and shocking – for some literally. For if you can hear the clouds rumbling, chances are the storm is close enough to for you to be struck by lightning – it can strike up to 10 miles away from the centre of a storm.

Count the seconds between seeing lightning and hearing thunder – if it’s less than 30 seconds, there’s a threat.

If thunderstorms are forecast, postpone or cancel outdoor activities – especially golf and rod fishing. If a storm is approaching, take cover inside or in a car with the windows wound up – sheds, isolated trees and convertibles do not afford sufficient protection.

Boaters and swimmers should get to shore as quickly as possible, as water conducts electricity. So too do metal pipes and phone lines. Only make calls in an emergency, and best put off baths, showers and dish washing, in case lightning strikes the house and sends a jolt of electricity through the metal plumbing.

The Met Office also advises unplugging appliances, as lightning can cause power surges. If the lights go out, use a torch, rather than the naked flame of a candle. For this would pose quite a nasty fire risk.

Stay low

If caught outside in a thunderstorm, find a low spot away from trees, fences, and poles. If your skin tingles and hair stands on end lightning is about to strike. Crouch down, balancing on the balls of your feet, placing hands on knees with head between them. This makes you into the smallest target possible, and minimises contact with the ground.

Do not put up an umbrella or use a mobile phone – the metal directs the current into the body. The British Medical Journal illustrated the dangers with the case of a 15-year-old struck while using her mobile – she suffered a cardiac arrest, burst eardrum and a year on she has to use a wheelchair.

If someone has been hit by lightning, call for help as they’ll need urgent medical attention. It’s safe to touch them – people struck by lightning carry no electrical charge that can shock other people.

Check for a pulse and for breathing – if you know first aid, begin artificial respiration and CPR if necessary. If they’re breathing, check for other possible injuries. Lightning strike victims have burns in two places – where the electric shock entered and then left the body, usually the soles of the feet. They may have broken bones or loss of hearing or sight.

Be wary of venturing out too soon – the BBC Weather Centre advises waiting 30 minutes after the last flash, as over half of lightning deaths occur after the thunderstorm has passed.

While the forecast storms will bring much-needed rain to the parched South, the sudden dump of water poses the risk of flash flooding. If waters start to rise, head for higher ground. Don’t try to drive to safety, as most flash flood deaths occur in vehicles.

And one final tip – it’s a myth that lightning never strikes the same place twice. Now be careful & stay safe out there.


Sussex 4×4 Response – Radio Procedure Course

Radio Procedure Course 8th May 2013

GMDSS-Radio-trainingWe are pleased to be running another short training course on radio procedures for our Responders.
The course will cover radio procedures and operating practice on CB, Private Mobile Radio (PMR), amateur radio and even mobile phones.

We will be covering some of the following topics:

– A brief discussion on frequencies and wavelengths for the various types of radio
– The differences between simplex, semi-duplex and duplex operating
– How repeaters operate
– The different modes (AM, FM, SSB, CW, data)
– The international phonetic alphabet
– Operating etiquette and practices
– Radio checks and signal reports
– SWR – what it is and how to measure it
– Aerials and resonance


Sussex 4×4 Response – Health and Safety at Work

We are pleased to be offering our members a training course several times this year on Health & Safety At Work as it affects our Responders and Sussex 4×4 Response.

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

Requires us to provide whatever information, instruction, training and supervision as is necessary to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety at work of our responders & users whilst in our care.

30150_1Why provide Health & Safety training?

Providing health and safety information and training helps us to ensure that people who volunteer with us know how to work safely and without risks to health & develop a positive health and safety culture where safe and healthy working becomes second nature to everyone.

Listed below are some of the topics we will cover:

How Health & Safety issues affect Responders
The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
Hazard spotting
Carrying out Risk Assessments visual & written
Controlling risk

We will of course also be making our members aware of our own current Sussex 4×4 Response Risk Assessment Manual which is a very comprehensive document covering all risks we are likely to encounter.

Akin to this is also a course on road & motoring law as a lot of our works are carried out on the roads of Sussex.


Sussex 4×4 Response – Statement Regarding Offers Of Help…

profile-picLate on Monday Evening the 11th March we received a number of enquires from people with 4×4’s offering their help in the snow and namely some through our Twitter feed in regards to specifically the stranded motorist’s situation on the A23 from Brighton to Crawley.

We were not involved with the situation on the A23 this time nor were we invited to provide assistance or support by our user groups on this occasion.
The people who were offering their help to us were made aware of our stance on the general public with 4×4’s helping on that evening.

That is in regards to the fact that a member of the general public:

  1. Would not be insured to carry out any volunteer work with their own vehicle
  2. Would not be insured against any liability from public, accident, or users
  3. Would not be insured if anything were to happen to there vehicle or another
  4. Would not be insured if a member of the public was injured during
  5. Would not necessarily have appropriate training of driving in adverse conditions

What we would say to those is if you wish to join us to help or a 4×4 Response group in your area in the future would be to please see >

There is an email on the above link or you can direct any enquires to >

Many Thanks – The Sussex 4×4 Response Team

Team News

Sussex 4×4 Response – Sussex Snow March 2013


Sussex 4×4 Response has been very busy providing support in the very challenging last 24hrs over 11th/12th march Our Team of volunteers stepped in to provide much needed support in the snow.

We have worked very closely with emergency planning departments throughout the night to transport ambulance paramedic’s @SECAmbulance & NHS hospital staff and some Sussex Police Staff around Sussex during the night.

Running this 24hr operation was a team of dedicated volunteer controllers & 4×4 drivers, things have been very busy but again manageable, we did have a few problems getting to some jobs due to blocked/closed roads, and part of the Sussex roads network also being unavailable due to stranded motorists.

East Sussex County Council Highways @esccroads have been doing a great job day & night since Sunday across Sussex in keeping the roads cleared & gritted as best they could in the drifting snow in high winds last night.

We would also like to say a big thank you to Sussex Police @sussex_police who have also worked very hard in the last 24hrs.

Sussex 4×4 Response currently has nearly 130 volunteers spread across East & West Sussex that are trained, equipped and ready to respond at any time, all vehicles carry certain equipment at all times and intend to get to parts others can’t reach especially when the snow hits.

photo-21Sussex 4×4 Response has a great team & We would like to thank all of the Dispatch team and the Responders again for all their hard work put in during a very challenging past 24hrs last night & today in Sussex well done everyone !

For further information please see: /

We are always looking for volunteer 4×4 drivers & for support members to fulfil a number of important roles within the team in Sussex if you think you would like to get involved please see our website:

We are looking for more Dispatchers if you think this is something you could do please see >

If you would like to make a donation to Sussex 4×4 Response (Registered Charity 1142557)
Any amount you could donate would be gratefully received by the Team
Please click on the Just Giving button below, Thank You.



Sussex 4×4 Response – Press Release From Sussex RAYNET…

sit2Sussex RAYNET is a group of licensed radio amateurs who, on a voluntary basis, make themselves and their radio equipment available to provide communications in emergency situations and for community events, particularly at times when communication by other means may be difficult or impossible.

Sussex 4×4 Response is a registered charity the members of which use their own four wheel drive vehicles to provide transportation for health service staff in adverse weather conditions and to provide community support in emergency situations.

On 27th February, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by representatives of the two organisations under which the groups agreed to co-operate together in order to provide an improved service to their users.

Above: Paul Cumbers of Sussex 4×4 Response signs the Memorandum of Understanding whilst RAYNET’s Dick Jeffries looks on.

Speaking at the signing of the agreement, Paul Cumbers, Group Liaison Officer for Sussex 4×4 Response said “There are occasions when our responders need reliable communications when working in difficult conditions and we are unable to rely on the mobile phone network. The facilities and expertise that RAYNET are able to supply, will enhance our service to the community”

Dick Jeffries, Group Controller for Eastbourne and Wealden RAYNET agreed saying “Our skills and those of Sussex 4×4 Response are complementary, the ability of Sussex 4×4 Response to get our operators and equipment to where it is needed in emergency situations will considerably enhance the service we can provide”.

Sussex RAYNET comprises Eastbourne and Wealden RAYNET Group, Hastings and Rother RAYNET Group and South Sussex RAYNET Group.

The two organisations have now set up a joint working party to agree detailed operating procedures and to organise a joint training exercise later in the year.