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.
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:
- Local Authority Emergency Planning Office
- The Police
- The Ambulance Service
- St. John Ambulance
- Red Cross
- Doctors' Associations.
Most 4×4 Response groups are members of their Local Resilience Forum (LRF) voluntary agency groups enabling inclusion in local resilience plans.
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- "The Empowerment Fund: Volunteering and neighbourliness" (PDF). Department for Communities and Local Government. 2010. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
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