Devon and Cornwall 4x4 Response

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If you are interested in joining Devon and Cornwall 4x4 Response then the first thing you can do is join up to the website to find out a little more about what we do, and ask any questions you have. Your status on the forum will be 'Website User', which means that you are a guest of our group.

Becoming a full up member elevates you to the status of 'Responder' which allows you to take part in group activities, go on call-outs and have access to training. You will find more information about membership below; what is expected of you as a Responder, membership fees, etc. If you decide that you would like to go ahead and join the group, there are forms to download and fill in and details of where to send them.

Because the area we cover is so large, we have a network of Team Leaders to act as closer points of contact for our Responders. In the weeks after you join your local Team Leader will get in touch to introduce themselves, and can help sort out delivery of your group equipment. Some areas also have local meetings in addition to the main open meets.


Benefits of full membership

  • Full access to the website – this reveals information on Responder activities, training and exercises, group meetings, and responder-only deals with suppliers.
  • Access to training days – we try to hold a number of training days throughout the year at a number of locations in Devon and Cornwall (there is sometimes a nominal fee to cover the use of facilities).
  • Assist with call-outs – you will be able to be called out to assist with incidents (naturally those closest to an incident are called out first, and preference will be given to those who have completed the core training).
  • Social events– various social events are held through the year, including camping and green laning trips, there are also opportunities to assist the shows team at shows.

What is required of a Responder

Because we are working with category 1/2 services, principally the the emergency services and local authorities, often in difficult conditions we have to be organised and structured. This means that we need to ensure that our members are properly insured, with well maintained vehicles and have an understanding of off-roading.

Vehicle – any 4x4 vehicle has a place in the group, because of the wide range of possible incidents that we could attend. This means that anything from a standard family 4x4 to a very tooled up, lifted vehicle with winch and sliders is suitable. (eg A standard family 4x4 might not get to the most of extreme locations, but equally a two seater quarry basher isn't much use if we are called to evacuate an old peoples home.)

Insurance – whilst the group has insurance which will cover you for activities as a responder, it does not cover your vehicle. You will need to notify your insurers to have them add 4x4 Response (voluntary) work to your policy. Not all insurers are willing to cover for this sort of work, but those that do don't seem to charge extra for it. Adrian Flux, NFU, Sureterm and Asda are known to cover response work, but there may be others who do. There is further information available in the forum on insurance.

Communications – we need you to have some form of mobile communication for Response work so that we can direct you and give locations when you are on a call-out. A mobile telephone is pretty much essential. Other forms that we use are CB radio, PMR and Amateur Radio, however they are not a requirement for responders.

Equipment – we do not expect people to go out and buy loads of equipment to do response work, but we have a basic list of things that we feel are necessary and that most people have anyway. Your Team Leader will give you more details on equipment at your induction.

Membership fees

The Annual membership fee is £30 (£45 joint) for the first two years, this is help pay towards the equipment which we provide you with. After 2 years the membership is £15 (£22.50 joint) and runs from February or August, If you join at a different time of year we will run your membership to the first February or August that falls after your first complete year. 

How to join

You can join up at one of the shows we attend, at an open meeting or alternatively you can join now by filling in the online membership form.

Online Membership Application

Enter your information online, then send the membership secretary your membership form with your cheque and passport photographs for your ID card. (You can also email your passport photograph if easier.)

Offline Membership Application

Use this offline form ONLY for prospective members who cannot enter their information online themselves, mail the forms below to the membership secretary with a cheque and passport photographs and the information will be processed manually (will take longer than above).
Offline Application Form – Use only for someone who cannot access this website.

Forms should be returned to:
DC4x4R Membership
c/o Kevin Phillips
6 Bellingham Crescent
Plympton
Plymouth PL7 2QP

Payment

Send cheque payable to "Devon and Cornwall 4x4 Response" with your form or you can also pay by BACS

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to pop a post on the forum or send an email to the Membership Secretary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Click HERE to fill in our membership form.

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