In February 2016, the Leicestershire and Rutland Freemasons donated £500 to Leicestershire and Rutland 4x4 Response
Since receiving the donation, they have managed to train 35 volunteers who are now able to offer assistance if needed at events and emergency calls across Leicestershire and Rutland.
Wayne O’Shea, Vice Chairman of 4x4, said; 'We are self funded and are at present attempting to put all of our volunteers through level 1 and 2 First Aid at work. We pride ourselves on being available 24 hours a day 365 days a year to assist as needed by anyone who may call.'
Leicestershire and Rutland 4x4 Response currently have 104 volunteers all using their own vehicles to carry out numerous tasks such as transport for nurses and doctors and providing ‘meals on wheels’.
Some of their vehicles are also adapted with raised suspension, off-road/snow tyres and deep water wading kits as well as recovery equipment such as winches to enable them to assist in any environmental situation such as snow and floods.
All members carry basic equipment such as tow straps, blankets, drinking water, shovels and other items to assist in situations. All the equipment is supplied by the members themselves at their own cost and those that are trained also carry first aid kits.
The group have recently purchased a Response Trailer using a Big Lottery fund donation of £10,000. It is equipped with its own power generator, radio communications, hot and cold running water, extensive first aid kit along with a hazardous substance spill kit and protective equipment. It can be used as a triage unit or meeting and control unit or even a temporary emergency shelter and is available for deployment 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.
Wayne added: 'We would like to thank the Leicestershire and Rutland Freemasons for the very kind donation received earlier this year and hope that we can offer more services to the councils, emergency services and the general public and deliver our motto – helping the people that help you!'