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Old 09 January 2014, 10:28   #1
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4x4 Response - Landrovers & Others

Just a quick heads up, I have just joined the Hampshire & Berkshire 4x4 Response Group.
It is for owners of 4x4's who might be able to assist the emergency services or local Councils in the event of bad weather.
A bit like the RNLI, they have an SMS system for requesting volunteers to attend, nothing is compulsary and there is a fuel allowance for any call outs you may attend.
Whilst the call outs are few, it seems like a good way to put something back in to the community and using the vehicles capabilities.
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Old 09 January 2014, 10:50   #2
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Old 09 January 2014, 12:07   #3
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Why the hampshire and berkshire one and not the one covering Dorset ? Are there differences ?
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Old 09 January 2014, 13:38   #4
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They do get out and have fun down here when the snow hits. Usually ferrying ambulance people or doctors around.
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I looked at this and registered. I'm willing to do my bit but they want you to pay to join as well. Takes the piss a bit
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I looked at this and registered. I'm willing to do my bit but they want you to pay to join as well. Takes the piss a bit
So did I and then there's the old chestnut of insurance and liability so I walked away.
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ive heard of this before, and yes its a great idea, but just read about driver competence and requirements etc and it seems an awful lot of proving yourself and your vehicle just to provide a voluntary service. i dont think i need OS maps and a compass whilst driving in my local area etc! i do agree however that just because you have a 4x4 doesnt mean you know how to drive it, in fact i would say that the majority of people driving them on ice or snow would make the fatal mistake of jumping on the clutch thereby having no-wheel drive - so i can see why they would want to check things like that.
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Pretty stupid organisation really. I've got a tractor. Digger and a 4x4 here and I know how to use them but to pay for the privilege of volunteering. No way. I've emailed them and ask them to take me off there list and told them the reason
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I know a few lads with JCBs and the likes and last winter they offered there services to the local councils for snow clearing and where turned down for H&S reasons the muppets
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So did I and then there's the old chestnut of insurance and liability so I walked away.
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I was approached by Hampshire police and asked if I could help with the LRF ( local resilience forum - very similar to the 4x4 response network ), however I declined there offer after I found out about the insurance, they expected me to put my vehicle/s into a high risk situation (floods / ice /snow etc etc) and use my own insurance. I'm a qualified off-road instructor but that means nothing when a third-party writes off your 30k discovery and the blame game starts.............no thanks
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