<![CDATA[highland4x4response.com - News]]>Sat, 25 May 2024 22:19:01 +0100Weebly<![CDATA[Off Road and Traction Assistance Training]]>Thu, 23 May 2024 16:04:40 GMThttp://highland4x4response.com/news/off-road-and-traction-assistance-trainingThankyou to all our Responders who joined us for a very information packed off-road and Traction Assistance training day.
Thankyou also to the @BritishRedCross for making the trip all the way from Aberdeen to take part in the day. We very much look forward to collaborating further.

Topics Included:
• Fording and Wading
• Vehicle based Traction Aids
• External Traction Aids
• Proper gear selection and route planning
• Failed Hill Assent Recovery
• Traction Assistance and Towing
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<![CDATA[Callout Stories]]>Thu, 25 Apr 2024 10:53:03 GMThttp://highland4x4response.com/news/callout-storiesA look back to the Responder stories from our most recent deployment.

A Bowl of Soup

Our responders were often tasked with transporting carers to local home addresses and whilst making a bowl of soup may seem a basic gesture, it provides a nutritional and hot meal to someone who is unable to make it. This carer may have been the only person that this patient would have seen that day and with everyone else tucked in out of the weather, should anyone have had an accident in their home and been unable to call for help your actions could have been critical in avoiding undesirable consequence.

 The Goose - Ben HI1​1

I was at a farmhouse assisting two carers who look after the farmer’s wife. The Farmer was surprised that they turned up without fail over these few days and in a show of gratitude, he told the carers to pull over at a specific gate on the way home where they would discover a quad behind the hedge. In the back was a gift for them… I wasn’t told this when they got in, so off I went to the next job and 5 minutes after setting off, totally out the blue, I was asked to pull over next to a gate. Totally oblivious I asked what was happening. “Oh, just picking something up”. Off they go behind a hedge and return with the biggest goose I’ve ever seen slung over shoulder!! What a laugh I had with those carers. They are underpaid and Underappreciated, but they do the job day in day out with such good humour.

Meal of the Day

​The Thurso Mental health team were transported to provide vital medical treatment to their patients. One of which had been unable to get to shops to buy some food. So, this callout ensured a member of our community ate that day.

Rockstar in a Ditch

Enroute home from Caithness, Responders Josh HI06 and James HI01 came across an old school rocker and his partner who had bellied out their campervan in deep snow. They were tired and not making much progress so we got stuck in. 2 hours of careful digging and assistance with traction boards saw him free and clear. 

The Blizzard - Josh HI​06

The snow was pounding the road ahead of us, wind howling, with the drifts forming as quickly as they were being cleared. We got to the edge of Castletown where we came across multiple vehicles stuck in both directions. After chatting with the council lads there trying to keep the road open, we got the traction boards out of the truck and helped out getting some cars going again. One car was particularly tricky, stuck in a drift with no traction at all. Five people pushing finally got it moving and once onto the boards it had enough momentum to keep going...or so we thought. After it just got out of sight in the blizzard, where visibility was down to only 5meters, someone ran back to grab us and said it was stuck again. The weather was so bad you needed goggles, you couldn't talk or see each other, you had to yell! 
<![CDATA[February Training Day]]>Thu, 21 Mar 2024 12:30:04 GMThttp://highland4x4response.com/news/february-training-dayThe sun came out on our first training and social day of the year this weekend! The emphasis for the day was to decompress after our busy start to the year and focus on enjoying the day out in the stunning wilderness we are privileged to have access to.

We started the day with the principles of water crossings, then drove in convoy up to the hill where one of our members kindly demonstrated safety and applications of a High-Lift Jack.

Over lunch we ran through our updated kit list with a practical demonstration and discussed any changes.

To finish the day there was an optional rough/scratchy route back to base. The recent weather had taken its toll on a section of this track, whilst unexpected this resulted in an excellent teamwork opportunity. All responders got stuck in to ensure all our vehicles passed over the obstacle.

If you would like to join our team we are seeking more members to support us and our partners throughout the Highlands, particularly in the following areas: Caithness, Skye, Gairloch, Badenoch and Strathspey. Visit our website using the link below or contact us on facebook to find out more.


Photographs by: Stuart Elliot
<![CDATA[January Deployment]]>Thu, 21 Mar 2024 11:50:47 GMThttp://highland4x4response.com/news/january-deploymentIt has been a privilege to support NHS Highland and all our partners during the January period of very adverse weather. The teams have collectively covered 1000's of miles over a huge area including Inverness, Aviemore, Ullapool and Caithness. Thankyou also to the Nurses, Care staff and all those we assisted for remaining in such good spirits making each callout a pleasure. 

''As a team we have been able to provide a service that has had such a positive impact for our Highland community. In only a few days we covered 2385 miles and transported tens of essential NHS staff to and from their place of work through challenging conditions. On some taskings the roads could be clear and quiet. Whilst on others our responders were met with challenging weather conditions such as blizzards, deep drifting snow, black ice, and stranded motorists in need of urgent assistance. Each callout was diligently approached regardless of how minor the task may have appeared. One such example comes from the team based in Caithness. Who were informed that transporting just one senior nurse meant that up to 50 hospital clinic appointments that would have otherwise been cancelled, could go ahead as planned, well done all.''  James Amos (Vice Chair)
<![CDATA[Joint Training Exercise]]>Sun, 31 Dec 2023 14:43:52 GMThttp://highland4x4response.com/news/joint-training-exercise​ At the end of November we had a busy weekend for Highland 4X4 Response and COTAG 4x4 Response. Here we are working together during a joint training exercise running through the different scenarios that we may come across whilst responding, both in the day and the night.

- Recovery and winching procedure and equipment
- Navigation
- convoy leading
- Steep hill assent and descent practice
- Wading

A big thankyou to COTAG for organising and running this fantastic day, every member of the team thoroughly enjoyed themselves and we look forward to working with you again in the future.

Photos - Stuart Elliot

<![CDATA[AGM]]>Sun, 31 Dec 2023 14:35:20 GMThttp://highland4x4response.com/news/agmHighland 4x4 Responses annual AGM is booked for Sunday 14th January at 1400. If you wish to attend please contact Tanya at chair@highland4x4response.com. Video link options are also available. ]]><![CDATA[OctobeR TraINING DAY]]>Sun, 15 Oct 2023 18:16:16 GMThttp://highland4x4response.com/news/october-training-dayAnother very successful off road training day with a focus on the basics and preparing the team for winter and upcoming callouts. This was peer lead with each member of the team pitching in to share their knowledge and experiences.

We focused on the following topics:

Radio and Comms SOP's
Convoy Procedure
Essential and secondary equipment
Tyres and Tyre Pressures
Failed hill ascent recovery's
Traction assistance
Water crossings
<![CDATA[Wheels OF Nairn]]>Sun, 24 Sep 2023 11:49:19 GMThttp://highland4x4response.com/news/wheels-of-nairnWe had a brilliant day at the Wheels of Nairn Show on Saturday. Fortunately  after a week of changeable weather the sun came out and treated us for the third year in a row! Encouraging many owners of rare, classic and unique cars to the show. 

It was great to chat with everyone and introduce them to what we are all about from our dedicated response trailer. We had the new RC car up and running which proved a hit. Also, three of the team use their vehicles for overlanding and camping, it was great to show off the versatility of our trucks and the passions our members have for their vehicles. I am sure we can look forward to some new members applying in the near future too.
<![CDATA[Highland Cross and Tain Show]]>Tue, 27 Jun 2023 14:15:40 GMThttp://highland4x4response.com/news/highland-cross-and-tain-showPhew what a weekend!

Highland Cross and the Tain Car Show. Thankfully the weather was kind to us. A big thank you to the volunteers who supported us at these events and the organisers for asking us to attend.

Look forward to seeing you in 2024!

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