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EA-CAT was created in order to carry on the good work started in the late 1990's by Suffolk Rover Rescue (then only the third such group in the country) and the later Suffolk Community 4x4 Response, and is joining other 'community assistance' teams currently helping their local communities around the UK without the constraints of membership of a national organisation. By taking this direction it allows EA-CAT to continue it's mission of helping the local communities, which is all our group and its members has ever wished to do. During the last 17 years, all our responders have made a commitment to turn out at short notice to provide assistance to the community when requested. All are equipped to a minimum standard considered adequate for operation in severe weather conditions or rough terrain. In addition, some have specialist equipment and skill sets relevant to the profession or leisure interests of the owner.

However it's not all about 'Civil Emergency'.

The team like to help out in the community all year round and the various local shows and events give us a chance to keep busy and help those communities with skill sets to which they may not otherwise have access. On-site traffic management, event parking, pitching campers, Motorsport events, charity motorcycle ride-outs; these are all things that our members can be seen attending around the region during the warmer (and not so warm) months.


Motorsport or Charity Event


EA-CAT can provide Marshal's and support for your events with an offroad capability.


Sporting event or Country Show

If you need all wheel drive capability to set out areas in hard to reach spots, move Marshal's around

or even pick up competitors having difficulty in finishing, EA-CAT has that capability.


On-site traffic management

EA-CAT members even have experience as Camping and Car Park Marshal's at larger shows and events.


Search & Rescue


EA-CAT responders have experience assisting Search & Rescue, including NSARDA by moving search teams and dogs,

over difficult or otherwise impassable terrain in order to capitalise on their available searching time.

This also allows far more efficient tasking of search teams.


If you think there is a task Eastern Community Assistance Team might be able to help with then please contact us

EA-CAT does not charge for these services although donations to cover members fuel costs or to general group funds are always welcomed.

Eastern Community Assistance Team is not an all-weather, free Taxi or Courier service and is unable to respond directly to public calls.

However, should conditions dictate that essential service such as Carer's, Meals on Wheels, moving NHS staff etc,

can no longer operate then EA-CAT may be able to help.

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