The response team (RT) was formed in August 2017 when it was noticed by members of 4×4 Off Road Ireland that the Republic of Ireland was not covered by a 4×4 Response network like the UK. Going into action in august 2017 within 10 days the collective already had 300 active members and had provided live essential services on three separate occasions.
With a seemingly increased risk of weather extremes and in circumstances where outlying locations or uneven terrain are involved the emergency and voluntary services often find themselves without the correct resources. The purpose of the team is to provide an all-terrain logistics support back up service to support the local Emergency Services in the times of need, usually adverse weather conditions. The vehicles can be used in non front-line activities to allow the professional services to concentrate on the matter in hand whilst the team’s 4×4 vehicles are providing all terrain logistics support as required.
The members’ vehicles are a variety of all makes of 4×4 equipped with items that allow them to cover the county’s terrain in all weathers. This equipment includes recovery straps and winches through to deep water wading capabilities, as well as essentials like fire extinguishers, first aid kits, blankets, CB radios, OS maps etc.
The aim of the RT is to commit to provide a reliable and professional all terrain logistics support service that the Emergency and voluntary services can depend on. It will assist this through our social media channels and WhatsApp group to allow all followers to collectively assess whether there are contacts with the suitable equipment in the particular area at the time of need to deploy and take action.