Helping drivers in all weathers

By IH 27/02 Updated: 28/02 11:33

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DRIVERS of 4x4s who voluntarily use their vehicles to help communities in all weather conditions have been awarded a £10,000 lottery grant.

The Midland Rover Owners Club 4x4 Response is a volunteer organisation which in partnership with local authorities has formed Warwickshire Prepared, bringing assistance in emergency situations when only 4x4 vehicles can get to a scene.

During last winter's heavy snows members drove medical staff to patients to administer medication while volunteers also helped with welfare checks on stranded motorists, area searches and evacuation assistance.

The funding has allowed the group to develop its response service, purchasing protective clothing and enabling members to train and certificate in off-road driving, winching techniques and vehicle recovery thus increasing capacity to support a growing geographical area which includes Coventry and Solihull.

Graeme Smith, Warwickshire's Chief Fire Officer and chair of Warwickshire Prepared, this week applauded the work of the volunteers and welcomed news of the grant.

He said: "This is very welcome help to a group who carry out an incredible service to communities - not just their own - and which relies on the generosity and good will of its volunteers.

"It means that there will be more support for emergency services when destinations are snowed in, flooded or off road.

"Their support can make a critical difference to emergency services and other public bodies and how effectively they can respond at times of need.

Anybody interested in supporting the volunteers should contact John Kesterton at response@mroc.co.uk

Further information on what to do in the event of an emergency can be found at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/warwickshireprepared

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