Ex-police van given to volunteer responders

Chief Inspector Giles York handing the vehicle over to Sussex 4x4 volunteers
Chief Inspector Giles York handing the vehicle over to Sussex 4x4 volunteers

Sussex Police has donated a vehicle to be used as a mobile command centre by a charity that helps the force deal with emergencies.

Sussex 4x4 Response provides transportation and other services to support the community in times of need and volunteers helped in the water shortage crisis in Hailsham earlier this month.

Through its volunteer responders and the use of their privately owned 4x4 vehicles, it transports medical staff and supplies through bad weather, assists police including the support of search and rescue teams and also assists other charities in managing road closures and similar activities.

Sussex Police has donated a Mercedes Vito van to the group to help it carry out its vital work supporting the force in adverse weather and assisting search and rescue teams and its other community activities.

The van, which the charity will decorate with the Sussex 4x4 Response livery, was coming to the end of its life with the force.

It is equipped with a control desk, sockets and electrics necessary to run radio equipment inside. It will allow members of the charity to set up a base close to the scene of an incident and co-ordinate their activities with those of other agencies so its volunteers are in the right place at the right time.

Chief Constable Giles York said, “The vehicle will allow Sussex 4x4 Response to be of even more assistance to us and the people of Sussex when we are most in need of help.

“The volunteers give up their time for free to support the emergency services and local authorities across the county in all weathers and at all times of the day and night. They do an amazing job.”

Sussex 4x4 Response chairman Dave Green said, “We are extremely grateful for the donation of this vehicle which we will be able to put good use in providing a control centre for our volunteers when responding to incidents.”

Sussex 4x4 Response is a registered charity. For more information about the group visit www.sussex4x4response.org.uk

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