4×4 Response

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4×4 Response is a UK based national organisation using 4×4 vehicles to offer support in adverse conditions, working with Voluntary Organisations and Emergency Services.[1]


With a history of the Emergency Services calling on 4×4 owners in times of emergency, volunteers with 4×4s have grouped together in the UK for a number of years.

In 1999 4×4 Response was established as a response group in Norfolk, and in 2005 national links were developed into a more formal Association, resulting in 2006 the formation of the 4×4 Response Network. In the Autumn of 2008, 4×4 Response became a registered charity (Charity number: 1126138), recognised by the Department for Communities and Local Government.[2]


Although a national level umbrella organisation exists, the charity is engaged through contact with one of its local groups. Each local group has a formalised Memorandum of Understanding with Category One and Category Two responders, as defined by the Civil Contingencies Act 2004. Such organisations include:

Most 4×4 Response groups are members of their Local Resilience Forum (LRF) voluntary agency groups enabling inclusion in local resilience plans.


  1. ^ Dermody, Nick (14 January 2010). "Wales' 4x4 volunteers called to rescue in big freeze". BBC. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "The Empowerment Fund: Volunteering and neighbourliness" (PDF). Department for Communities and Local Government. 2010. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 

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