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Can You Help Us As A Duty Controller ?

rbmb_39Do You Live In Sussex & Have Knowledge Of  The Area ?

Could You Help Us As A Duty Controller ?

Sussex 4×4 Response is looking for that special volunteer that can handle the task of being a controller.
We require male or female volunteers within Sussex to learn & operate our Internet/Computer based Dispatch and Control systems for allocating call-outs to Responders all over Sussex.

This can be done from home.
You will need to have access to a mobile phone, a computer with internet connection, mic and speaker (or headset) for skype, and be willing to go on a rota for shifts ideally no more than twice per month.

map_sussexFull Training  in our systems will be given & every controller has full and total back up.

NOTE: If Applying You must live in Sussex as you may have to attend meetings/training.

Can you ?

~ Be available twice a month to be on control
~ Think when woken at 3 in the morning
~ Remain calm under pressure
~ Think on your feet while in command To liaise with hospitals and other emergency services

If you are interested in joining this fast paced dynamic Sussex charity as a volunteer & this sounds like something you can do please get in touch by email to:


Sussex 4×4 Response Team Provides Vital Service In The…

cover1Sussex 4×4 Response has been very busy providing a vital Service since not long after the snow had started to fall on Friday 18th Jan and throughout the weekend and into the start of the new week, Our Team of 130 volunteers stepped in to provide much needed support in the snow.

Sussex 4×4 Response provides vital back up transport for the staff of the NHS in Sussex, our aim is to provide a service in bad weather that is constantly available, the team consists of highly trained volunteers who give up their time and skills and the use of there 4×4 vehicles in emergencies to serve the community.

we worked very closely with emergency planning departments to safely transport Hospital/Hospice staff around the whole of Sussex from Chichester to Rye.

We have taken staff to and from Hospitals day and night and taken critical care nurses on their rounds throughout the day & night in the Snow and Ice, Running this operation was a 24hr team effort of dedicated volunteer controllers & 4×4 drivers, things have been busy but manageable and all in a days work for the volunteer team at Sussex 4×4 Response.

When most people pack up and can’t get out this is the time we are most active we enjoy our work and giving help to others.

Read more “Sussex 4×4 Response Team Provides Vital Service In The Snow January 2013”


Sussex 4×4 Response – Volunteer 4×4 Drivers Wanted In…


4×4 drivers in Sussex are being asked to join Sussex 4×4 Response in the event of extreme weather in our area.

We provide vital emergency back up transport in adverse conditions, our charity helps hospital staff get to work through snow & floods, Driving in the snow is what we are best known for but we are also experienced in other emergencies like floods and off road driving getting officials from other agencies to places normal cars wouldn’t dream of reaching.

151010_469401573556_666638_nWe are always happy to welcome New Response group members and also members for Support roles to join up, you don’t necessarily need a 4×4 to help us as a controller or operate dispatch, to take the calls and organize the drivers. All that is needed is a PC, Phone and access to the internet.

If you have a 4×4 why not contact us we are a friendly bunch and are happy to have you attend our in house off-road training course.

We also organize first aid training and Amateur Radio courses as well.

We also welcome all Cat 1 and Cat 2 response agencies to get in touch if they feel they need help in winter or any other adverse conditions, or for community needs, & encourage these agencies to write Sussex 4×4 Response into their emergency pre-plan.

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Sussex 4×4 Response – How To Drive Through Floods…


2207419050Heavy rain means a risk of flooded roads.
What’s the correct way to tackle standing water in your car?

While some cars will get through quite severe floods, there are a number of dangers. Apart from shorted-out electrics on petrol cars, there is also a risk of the engine sucking in water which, being incompressible will cause it to lock solid (hydraulic lock), smashing connecting rods, pistons, even crankshafts. If the water is fast-moving, there is also a risk that the car could be carried off into deeper flood water with you inside.

So what should you do when you meet a flood?

Please don’t drive through flood water just 1 foot of water can float a car !

Please avoid it, There will usually be an alternative route available !!

The safest option will normally be to use the alternative route and you should seriously consider that, particularly if you are carrying vulnerable or nervous passengers. If, however you decide to drive through the water you should make sure there is not more than six inches of standing water or four inches of moving water. Parking up and watching other cars and trucks negotiate the flood can be a good way of checking to see how deep it is. In particular look out for hidden dips and gullies where the water could be deeper, there could be deep hidden potholes underneath.

If you decide to go through, stay on the crown of the road where possible and crawl through the water very slowly in first gear. Keep the engine revs up by slipping the clutch if necessary, to avoid water entering the exhaust pipe. Also avoid the temptation to make a quick exit, as going at speed can push water into the engine bay.

Even drivers of large 4x4s should take care “If there’s one thing that will stop you, apart from underwater obstructions such as sunken trees, it is water being sucked into the engine usually via the air intake. You must understand the geography of your vehicle, particularly where the engine’s air intake is; which side of the car, at the front or the back and, crucially, how low it is. Even some off-roaders have particularly low and vulnerable air intakes.

If you have too go through the water go really slowly (about 1-2mph) And if you do only go up to the vehicles recommended wading depth, please DON’T create a bow wave in urban areas It WILL push water into engine bays, above air intakes on nearby vehicles and over flood defences.

Avoid going too fast into even quite shallow puddles as that can lead to aquaplaning, where the tyres will no longer steer the car and you lose control. It is also illegal to soak pedestrians. When you emerge from the water, dry the brakes by using them gently, and if there were leaves in the water, check the radiator matrix for blockages. Another thing to watch out for vehicles coming the other way particularly if there are no flood signs up. You might be observing all the best advice, but 4x4s or large trucks racing though in the opposite direction can create such bow waves they drown your car.376896_e743407d

So, to summarise the advice:

1. Only drive through water if you know how deep it is, keep all windows shut to avoid getting water in your vehicle.

2. Drive slowly and steadily. Allow oncoming traffic to pass first and test your brakes as soon as you can after leaving the water.

3. Don’t drive through fast-moving water, such as at a flooded bridge approach – your car could easily be swept away.

4. Driving fast through standing water is dangerous – tyres aquaplane and you lose steering control. Watch out for standing water, trying to avoid it if you can, and adjust your speed to the conditions. If you experience aquaplaning, hold the steering wheel lightly and lift off the throttle until the tyres regain grip.

5. Driving fast through standing water is inconsiderate and illegal. You could face a hefty fine and between three and nine penalty points if the police believe you were driving without reasonable consideration to other road users.

6. Driving fast through standing water can cause expensive damage – the air intake on many cars is low at the front of the engine bay and it only takes a small quantity of water sucked into the engine to cause serious damage.

7. As you drive slowly through standing water, keep the engine revving by slipping the clutch if necessary, otherwise water in the exhaust could stall the engine.

8. If you break down in heavy rain don’t prop the bonnet open while you wait for the patrol to arrive – the engine will be more difficult to start again if the electrics are wet.

Remember if your still not sure after assessing it, turn around don’t drown !




Driving in Adverse Weather Conditions – The Highway Code…

If you do have to go out in adverse weather conditions there are still rules of the road & laws to abide by, Those are mainly making sure you have your Headlights switched on & your distance away from the car in front being the most essential points


The Highway Code – Driving In Adverse Weather Conditions (Rules 226-237)

The Highway Code applies to all drivers in England, Scotland and Wales. The Highway Code is essential reading for everyone.

Rule 226

You MUST use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced, generally when you cannot see for more than 100 metres (328 feet). You may also use front or rear fog lights but you MUST switch them off when visibility improves (see Rule 236).

Rule 227 Wet Weather

In wet weather, stopping distances will be at least double those required for stopping on dry roads (see Rule 126). This is because your tyres have less grip on the road. In wet weather

You should keep well back from the vehicle in front. This will increase your ability to see and plan ahead

if the steering becomes unresponsive, it probably means that water is preventing the tyres from gripping the road. Ease off the accelerator and slow down gradually

the rain and spray from vehicles may make it difficult to see and be seen

be aware of the dangers of spilt diesel that will make the surface very slippery (see ‘Vehicle maintenance, safety and security’)

take extra care around pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and horse riders

Rule 228 Icy and snowy weather/Winter Kit

In winter check the local weather forecast for warnings of icy or snowy weather. DO NOT drive in these conditions unless your journey is essential. If it is, take great care and allow more time for your journey. Take an emergency kit of de-icer and ice scraper, torch, warm clothing and boots, first aid kit, jump leads and a shovel, together with a warm drink and emergency food in case you get stuck or your vehicle breaks down.

hc_rule_229_make_sure_your_windscreen_is_completely_clearRule 229 Winter Checks

Before you set off you MUST be able to see, so clear all snow and ice from all your windows

you MUST ensure that lights are clean and number plates are clearly visible and legible

make sure the mirrors are clear and the windows are demisted thoroughly

remove all snow that might fall off into the path of other road users

check your planned route is clear of delays and that no further snowfalls or severe weather are predicted

Rule 230 Snowy Weather

When driving in icy or snowy weather

drive with care, even if the roads have been treated

keep well back from the road user in front as stopping distances can be ten times greater than on dry roads

take care when overtaking vehicles spreading salt or other de-icer, particularly if you are riding a motorcycle or cycle

watch out for snowploughs which may throw out snow on either side. Do not overtake them unless the lane you intend to use has been cleared

be prepared for the road conditions to change over relatively short distances

listen to travel bulletins and take note of variable message  signs that may provide information about weather, road and traffic conditions ahead

Rule 231 Ice

Drive extremely carefully when the roads are icy. Avoid sudden actions as these could cause loss of control. You should

drive at a slow speed in as high a gear as possible; accelerate and brake very gently

drive particularly slowly on bends where loss of control is more likely. Brake progressively on the straight before you reach a bend. Having slowed down, steer smoothly round the bend, avoiding sudden actions

check your grip on the road surface when there is snow or ice by choosing a safe place to brake gently. If the steering feels unresponsive this may indicate ice and your vehicle losing its grip on the road. When travelling on ice, tyres make virtually no noise

Rule 232 Windy weather

High-sided vehicles are most affected by windy weather, but strong gusts can also blow a car, cyclist, motorcyclist or horse rider off course. This can happen on open stretches of road exposed to strong crosswinds, or when passing bridges or gaps in hedges.

Rule 233

In very windy weather your vehicle may be affected by turbulence created by large vehicles. Motorcyclists are particularly affected, so keep well back from them when they are overtaking a high-sided vehicle.

Rule 234 Fog

Before entering fog check your mirrors then slow down. If the word ‘Fog’ is shown on a roadside signal but the road is clear, be prepared for a bank of fog or drifting patchy fog ahead. Even if it seems to be clearing, you can suddenly find yourself in thick fog.

Rule 235

When driving in fog you should

use your lights as required (see Rule 226)

keep a safe distance behind the vehicle in front. Rear lights can give a false sense of security

be able to pull up well within the distance you can see clearly. This is particularly important on motorways and dual carriageways, as vehicles are travelling faster

use your windscreen wipers and demisters

beware of other drivers not using headlights

not accelerate to get away from a vehicle which is too close behind you

check your mirrors before you slow down. Then use your brakes so that your brake lights warn drivers behind you that you are slowing down

stop in the correct position at a junction with limited visibility and listen for traffic. When you are sure it is safe to emerge, do so positively and do not hesitate in a position that puts you directly in the path of approaching vehicles

Rule 236

You MUST NOT use front or rear fog lights unless visibility is seriously reduced (see Rule 226) as they dazzle other road users and can obscure your brake lights. You MUST switch them off when visibility improves.

Rule 237 Extreme Heat/Sun

Hot weather. Keep your vehicle well ventilated to avoid drowsiness. Be aware that the road surface may become soft or if it rains after a dry spell it may become slippery. These conditions could affect your steering and braking. If you are dazzled by bright sunlight, slow down and if necessary, stop.—overview-226.html


Land Rover London 2 Brighton – Report 2012

An early Sunday start for all involved and the weather turned out very nice on the day, (apart from Epsom which was a bit chilly by all accounts first thing)
This is the second year we have attended the Land Rover London 2 Brighton with our stand with great results and lots of participants from the Sussex area signing up as responders, on the display stand we had a Land Rover Discovery 300tdi, 2 x Land Rover Defender 110 and a Land Rover Freelander 1. 563981_444402018943552_998720137_n

Some of our responders have participated in the run itself this year one in a Land Rover Discovery TD5, Land Rover classic Series 2A SWB and a Land Rover Defender 90 & 110.

The London to Brighton Land Rover Run is organised by the South London and Surrey Land Rover Club which do a great job, The first ever run was organised in 1999 and the event has gone from strength to strength since then,

Land Rover enthusiasts have adopted the motto: “One Life. Live It.” It is an indication of just how much owning a Land Rover is seen as a lifestyle choice, a way of life, a philosophy of life.

The need for some car owners to meet up with other drivers of their own kind is very strong. The Land Rover is oozing with charisma and character, and I should imagine that this event will go on growing.

Well done to our chairman and his 4×4 Response cumulative from Surrey & Kent for winning the Tug-A-Landy with the fastest time ! (Video below) img_1958

All in it was a very good day & we gained quite a few new members too !

Looking forward to next years event !

Pictures can be found on our Facebook page >