Norfolk & Suffolk 4X4 Response

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Group Membership

Support member

Everyone who joins the group enters as a Support Member, which is someone who simply wants to support the group but who, for any number of reasons is not on the active call out list. Initially this could be because they have not passed the assessment that is required before a member can drive on behalf of 4X4 Response.

However in order to go on the Active Call Out List there are certain requirements of the Driver & Vehicle, which everyone might not want to achieve, also some people may only want to join for the social side of the club or to carry out a support function e.g. on the committee.

In order to join and remain as a Support Member all you have to do is complete the application form and pay the annual registration fee.

As the key aim of the group is to provide voluntary service to the community there is no difference in Registration fee for the 2 classes of membership and the fees are kept as low as possible.

As a Support Member you will receive vehicle stickers and regular Newsletters outlining the groups events.

The group does not actively fund raise so all the clubs money comes from membership and donations from users of our services.


Active call-out member

Obviously the key aim of the group is to bring together like-minded people who want to use their vehicles to support the community in times of need.  In order to present a semi-professional service and because of health & safety reason required by the insurance of the County Emergency Planning Department all Drivers who use their vehicles for the group must pass a basic assessment of their driving skills (off-road), their ability to navigate (you can’t help if you can’t get there) and their equipment and vehicles (there is a basic minimum level of kit and spec for the vehicle).

A assessment will be carried out by a qualified BORDA assessor who is on our committee and is there to help you understand your vehicle and it's capabilities and more importantly your capabilities as a driver,these are usually done at a off road site,but can just as easily be carried out with a group on a green lane day as it will cover driving abilities,map reading & basic radio comms

Once you have passed the assessment (there is plenty of help and guidance) you can then be added to the Active Call Out List.  You will receive a Hi-visibility waistcoat with reflective 4X4 Response badges, an ID card which must be carried on all 4X4 Response activities and call-outs and a members handbook.

In order to remain on the Active Call Out List there are the following requirements:

  • You must attend at least four club events, exercises or call out each year
  • You must have a 4X4 vehicle and
  • Your vehicle must be road legal and insured for voluntary work use (check with your insurer)


Membership of the group (Support or Active) gives you access to the following benefits:

  • Newsletter
  • Inclusion within the group's £5,000,000 public liability insurance
  • 4x4 Response vehicle stickers
  • Training and assistance in non extreme off-road driving, navigation, communications and vehicle preparation/modification.
  • Invitation to Green Lane Runs
  • Sharing of technical and local knowledge of other groupmembers
  • The chance to take part in exercises and fun days

Active Members also gain:

  • Members Handbook (contains tips on driving, recovery, map reading, first aid, etc.) with your membership
  • ID Card & Unique Hi-viz 4X4R waistcoat with your membership
  • Participation in active call-outs assisting the Emergency Services and others

Membership/Application form

The Application form is in Microsoft Word Format click on the link below which should open the file in your browser window.   You can then enter your details on the screen and print it out (it can be saved to your hard drive if you want).   Unfortunately we cannot accept the forms on line because we must have a signature showing your acceptance of our Membership rules and Code of conduct (included on page 2 of the form).

Membership Form.

Please return completed forms to William Pawlowski,152 Ashwell Road,Bury St Edmunds,Suffolk.IP33 3LM together with a passport sized photograph (or email digital photo to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and a cheque payable to 'Norfolk & Suffolk 4x4 Response' for the the current membership fee of £15.


4x4 Response Clothing

Members have access to 4x4 Response jackets, hi-vis vests and other items.

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