During 1979 'Rover Rescue' was formed consisting of a group of volunteers utilising their own vehicles and equipment to provide assistance to the emergency services and the community in times of severe weather or disaster. The group also carry out exercises and have been called on to assist at motor-sports events.
Rover Rescue News
Our Deputy Rover Rescue Coordinator has written an article about Rover Rescue and 4x4 Response Affiliation.
Things are changing fast in the Rover Rescue/4X4 Response world.
During 1979 'Rover Rescue' was formed by Breckland Land Rover Club Ltd consisting of a group of volunteers utilising their own vehicles and equipment to provide assistance to the emergency services and the community in times of severe weather or disaster. This is believed to have been the first such organisation in the country. Since 1979 a number of other Rover Rescue groups have been set up around the country and more recently 4X4 Response groups, allowing the use of other makes of 4X4 vehicles, have appeared starting coincidently in Norfolk.
Norfolk 4X4 Response set up a website which included a forum on it and this quickly became a facility used by other groups and eventually became the 4X4 Response Network national forum.
In May this year a meeting was arranged for anyone interested in Rover Rescue/4X4 Response which I attended. At that meeting it was agreed to set up 4X4 Response as a central point of contact on a more formal basis for all groups. As a result a new website was set up at http://www.4x4response.info which has rapidly become a central source of information for 21 groups and has 124 registered users. Initially it was just intended to be a central point for exchange of ideas and information but, as a result of discussions carried on, it was felt that there was a need for a central body to which all groups could be affiliated and it was felt that this should be set up as a registered charity. As a result a steering group has been formed, a constitution has been discussed, Charitable status has already been granted and the first AGM will be held next year.
Under the registered charity all groups would still be autonomous having their own constitution and being self governing but it was felt that the advantages would be:
- An overall form of ‘corporate’ branding would make us look more professional to the Emergency Services and other user groups.
- Service Level Agreements with user groups should be easier to agree, both locally and nationally.
- Co-operation between groups, should the need arise, will be easier.
- ‘Best practice’ can be shared between groups.
- As 4X4 Response has Charitable status and member groups have the same objects it will be possible for each group to apply for charitable status in their own right quite easily.
- As a ‘national’ organisation fundraising, sponsorship and insurance would be easier to arrange.
- A ‘national’ may well attract grants and other forms of funding
The charity will have three categories of membership,
Any individual who holds current and valid membership of a team, itself holding membership under category 2 is automatically an Associate Member of the Charity
Any team, on payment of the appropriate fee, in accordance with 7(1) of the constitution, and operating in accordance with The Objects of the Charity may become a member of the Charity.
Any individual, on payment of the appropriate fee, in accordance with 7(1) of the constitution, and in agreement with The Objects of the Charity may become a member of the Charity.
Team Members and Individual members hold Membership of the Charity under section 7 of the constitution.
Team and Individual membership will cost £25 per annum.
Anyone is welcome to visit the website but unfortunately you will be unable to access much of the forum without registering as a member.
To be an effective member of this umbrella group Rover Rescue needs to ensure that its members are committed to:
- Train regularly and be approved to an acceptable standard.
- Carry an ID card.
- Make sure that their vehicles are equipped and maintained to an adequate standard.
- Make sure that they and their vehicles can be readily identified as being part of Rover Rescue when On Call or exercise.
In the past club members have joined Rover Rescue only to become disenchanted because we do not get called upon for our support very often and are unwilling to spend time and money on preparing themselves and their vehicles to the necessary standards. As affiliated members of 4X4 Response we will gain all of the advantages listed above and this may well lead to an increase in requests for our services both by the user groups and other parties such as charities and outdoor events etc and this in turn will lead to greater satisfaction for our members.