Scouts in snowy Surrey take to the roads in 4x4s

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Scouts have once again been out supporting their local communities through the current arctic weather conditions.

Members of Scout 4x4, a Scout Active Support Unit in Surrey, have been out helping local emergency services. They have had drivers on the road with the ambulance service, Surrey Police and meals on wheels, as well as responding to one more unconventional emergency.

Service crews and local support

Scout 4x4 was set up as an Active Support Unit for Members with a common interest in off-roading and a willingness to help out where needed, and since their formation in 2008, they have been busy not just running off-road days and 4x4 shows, but also working as service crews at Scouting events and supporting their local communities during adverse weather.

They were first called out to help Surrey emergency services in December 2009, and since then they have been out on the roads in January of this year, and again during the last cold snap at the beginning of this month, when, apart from their other duties, they were involved with the search for a vulnerable missing person.

Keeping the wheels turning

‘Usually it’s the first couple of days of severe weather when we do most of our work’, said Paul Green, one of the two Unit Members who act as ‘first contact’ for services in need of support.

All the drivers are Scout Leaders or Association Members working as volunteers, and anyone needing their services contacts either Paul or his colleague Chris directly.

Among other tasks, Scout 4x4 makes sure that core workers in crucial services like the police are able to get to and from work, and that any equipment that they need is delivered to the right place at the right time.

And this week it was more than just supplies that needed last-minute transportation, when volunteers found themselves heading out to pick up and deliver a fellow Scout Leader to his own wedding. Thankfully both bride and groom made it to the church on time, and their whiter-than-usual wedding went ahead as planned.

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