When the niece of Jason Laidler (previously with North East 4×4 Response) and her fiancé had the the mopeds they’d bought each other as wedding gifts stolen, it looked like their big day would be ruined. However Jason put a plea on the forum of NW 4×4 Response, and our members flocked to offer help.
Keeping everything hush-hush, Jason and several volunteers delivered a surprise in the way of transport to the venue, complete with convoy. Further volunteers from Blood Bikes added a nice touch for the motorcycle loving couple.
The news of the convoy hit local news, with several shops advertising it in their windows, while Lancashire Telegraph ran a piece on the event (sadly somewhat inaccurate).
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kindness on my wedding day… The whole day was a blur… Except for when I walked out of my mums house and saw you all lined up flashing lights and all… I couldn’t help but cry(happy tears). My uncle Jason promised me flashing lights for my wedding and by god he did it.You guys are amazeballs!!!!!!! Love you guys xxxxxxxx would give you all a big hug if you were here right now xxxxx
— Comment from Natalie, on NW4x4 Response’s Facebook page
Photos courtesy of Julie Bell, the bride’s mother.
On Thursday 25th October the group will be attending an event in Victoria Square outside the Town Hall in Bolton which is aimed at raising the awareness of the public to issues during winter and how to keep safe.
The event will be attended by several groups including Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, Greater Manchester Police, Environment Agency, Mountain Rescue and many more.
On Saturday the 22nd of September the group held a training day at one of the three sites we have use of for such events. The aim of the day was to complete driver assessments for anyone who had not previously had one done and also to cover ground reading skills, recovery equipment, winch awareness and trailer handling.
The day started with a briefing of what would happen during the day and also covered appointed first aiders for the day and details of where on the site was out of bounds. Following this was a check of driving licences, MoT and insurance certificates and then responders kit carried in their vehicles was also checked. After this John Latty spoke about various recovery equipment, suitable and safe usage, how to check the condition of it, ensuring the correctly rated equipment is used and how and where to connect them.
The group then split into two smaller groups and one group covered ground reading skills and then drove the area that had been walked to be assessed with their vehicle handling skills. Meantime the other group went to another part of the site and covered checking the depth of an area of standing water before driving through it and then somehow managed to get a vehicle ‘stuck’ which then needed winching out. The aim here was to make responders aware of the risks of working around and with winches and then to work together in getting the stricken vehicle moved.
After the break for lunch the two groups swapped over and carried out the activities that the other had that morning. On completion there was chance for a few responders to hitch a trailer to their vehicle and manouvere through cones set out to the same conditions as that of the DSA trailer test to show they have good skills in case they were asked to tow a trailer during a call-out.
The day rounded off with a de-brief and then another quick chance to take some pictures before people headed off for home after everyone who attended said they had thoroughly enjoyed it.
We are pleased to announce that North West 4×4 Response will be exhibiting at Lowther Show, on the 11th and 12th August 2013. We hope that you can come along and have a chat and find out who we are, and what we do. We will be showcasing some of our vehicles and some of the equipment and technology we utilise whilst out on call or at an event.
Countryman Fairs Ltd, who manage the game fair, have kindly donated a pitch to NW 4X4 Response at no cost to us, for which we are very grateful for the support. Their website can be found at lowthershow.co.uk
Lowther Show fair is easily accessible from the M6, and is located approximately five minutes from Junction 40. Additionally there are good rail links and a free shuttle bus from the town centre to the Showground.
For those driving come off the M6 and follow signs for A66, Penrith/Brough, at the next roundabout, take the last exit towards Eamont Bridge / Shap. Follow the yellow signs or the traffic to lowther. For people using satnav the address is as follows:
See you there!
Events Coordinator – NW 4×4 Response
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Tagged Lowther Show
Well it’s that time of year again when the K2B (Keswick to Barrow-in-Furness) sponsored walk happens.
As we have the last three years, we will be attending again on Saturday the 11th of May 2013 (tomorrow as I type this!) to assist by manning a couple of junctions and helping to control the traffic so that ‘walkers’ (I say that as most of them run the forty mile route) can cross safely with as little disruption to either competitor or road user. We will also be carrying out regular sweeps of a couple of short sections of the route in case anybody is having difficulties in carrying on or needing urgent medical attention.
I wish luck to all who enter it and hope you raise lots of money for your chosen charities.