Wessex 4x4 Response - Registered Charity no. 1114087
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CURRENT STATUS: Stood Down - Situation normal.
PREVIOUS STATUS: CALLOUT - multiple flood incidents in Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire (Jan-Mar 2014)
Major Incident - Somerset Levels  
Wessex 4x4 Response has been helping the authorities, responding to many calls for assistance since the Major Incident was first declared. Amongst many, many other tasks, our charity is engaged in providing the Muchelney 4x4 shuttle service. report
Who are we?

We are a registered charity providing 4x4 Response support within the areas covered by the Police Forces of Avon & Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire.
Our group is a registered member of 4x4 Response UK, the umbrella organisation which supports all 4x4 Response groups nationally.
Our neighbouring groups can be contacted via the links on the right, or other groups nationally via the 4x4 Response UK Group Register.

What is 4x4 Response?

Teams of volunteers prepared to use their own vehicles and give up their time to help others that exist across the country.
We provide logistic assistance to Category One and Two responders (as defined in the Civil Contingencies Act) and other Voluntary agencies, normally via the Local Resilience Forums.
Our volunteers are vetted and trained to operate safely, often in conditions where others are advised to not travel unless necessary.
Our aim is the preservation of life; Our role is to assist those who need transport to achieve that necessary aim to do so.
If your organisation provides a critical service to human welfare, then please refer to our new user information page for details of how you might call on our support.

We provide reliable transport in times of severe weather (snow, gales, heavy rain & floods), and other major emergencies.
This can be to transport essential personnel or supplies to areas that would be hard or impossible to reach in normal vehicles.
We also support Local Authorities when they have to setup and run emergency rest centres.
We have agreements with various user bodies in our operational area, varying from formal MOUs to 'per occasion' agreements.
We can be called directly by any statutory or voluntary agency with whom we have an agreement, but not by the general public who should call the appropriate Emergency Service.

This BBC Report provides a good overview of a typical deployment for a Wessex 4x4 Response volunteer

How are we funded?

As a Registered Charity we raise funds to cover our operating costs by our own member`s fundraising efforts, by a small daily charge per vehicle to the agencies calling us, and from your donations.
To donate by SMS, send WESS44 £10 to 70070.


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Some of the organisations that have called on our assistance:

Somerset Civil Contingencies Partnership Great Western Ambulance Service (now SWAS) Dorset Police Swindon Civil Protection Unit Wiltshire Emergency Planning Unit