Each day we receive more requests for assistance and as a result we are always looking for new responders to join the team. All you need to join the Response Team is a four-wheel drive vehicle, enthusiasm, some basic items of equipment to carry with you on calls, and to live or work in or near the island of Ireland. We’ve answered the most common questions below, but the best way to find out more is to come and talk to us. Details of where to find us can be found at the bottom of the page.
No – as long as it has full four-wheel drive and can carry either people or equipment safely, there’s a place for it in the Response Team. Standard 4x4s, four-wheel drive family cars, and modified vehicles are all welcome.
As you will often be out in adverse weather, you should carry equipment to help keep you safe and warm, including warm clothing, maps, tow-rope, torch, first-aid kit, notepad and pen. We will give you an identity card, which you must carry on call-outs, a high visibility vest and stickers for your vehicle to identify it as a 4×4 Response vehicle.
Yes – you will need to tell your insurer that you are using your vehicle for voluntary work. Most insurers will allow you to do this with no additional premium. You will also be covered by our public liability insurance, but this does not cover your vehicle. You will need a full driving licence, your vehicle must be taxed, insured and have a valid or must have an appropriate test certificate .
All our responders, dispatchers and controllers are volunteers.
You are free to commit as much or as little time as you are able. We appreciate that work, family or other commitments may mean you are unable to volunteer when the call comes. We do ask that where possible you take part in training programmes or exercises, and we will give as much notice of these as possible. Call-outs can happen any time: during the week, in the evenings and at weekends. We particularly need people who are available during the week.
We use a text-message based system to relay messages and alert responders to stand-by or call-out situations. Please ensure we have your current mobile phone number so that we can both alert you, and call you to keep in touch during call-outs.
We are often asked to drive nurses or carers on their house-calls, deliver meals-on-wheels, transport key members of staff to or from hospitals, control rooms etc.
To volunteer with us you need to: