Meet Our Volunteer: Dean

Dean tell us a bit about yourself:

I’m ex-army, I have always had a hobby for vehicles and anything engineering. I currently work full-time as a Senior Network Engineer for Openreach. My job involves working on fibre optic and copper telecommunications network infrastructure.

What inspired you to join Wessex 4x4 Response?

I liked the idea of helping out and aiding the community when and where I can, plus the ability to use my 4×4 more often is a bonus. 

How long have you been a volunteer with Wessex 4x4 Response?

I’ve been volunteering since August 2021.

What is your role at Wessex 4x4 Response?

My primary role is as an Operational Responder. When the need arises and I’m available, I can leverage my 4×4 to aid the community. Additionally, I’m certified to tow the Incident Support Units, which allows me to engage in a wider range of activities and responsibilities within the organisation.

What has been your most memorable experience as a volunteer so far?

I enjoyed the Landrover off-road show in Shepton Mallet. As vehicles and particularly Landrovers are a passion of mine, it was great to meet and talk to like-minded people and of course, show them what we at Wessex 4X4 Response are all about. 

How do you balance volunteering with your other commitments?

It isn’t always easy to be available. I am also on a 1 week in 4 rota to be on call for my own job. But I am a firm believer in the fact that volunteering for this charity goes a long way even if you can only respond a few times a year and give support on events when you can. 

What do you find most fulfilling about being a volunteer here?

Knowing that there are times when our services are called upon we can make a difference for local services like the police and NHS, who as we know are underfunded and underappreciated. 

What advice would you give to someone considering joining Wessex 4x4 Response?

If you’re caring, enjoy helping out and like being out in your 4×4 and gaining new experience then it’s good for you. 

Tell us about a skill or lesson you've gained from your volunteer experience:

I’ve seen that you can learn a lot from the other volunteers and everyone is willing to help and support you. 

What are your hopes for the future of Wessex 4x4 Response?

I’m hoping Wessex 4×4 Response will be able to contribute more when needed with search and rescue in the North Somerset region. Supporting the Police and NHS services is vital. 

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