View Full Version : FEAT Update - time to sign up!

10-01-2006, 01:16 PM
I signed up last year, but it never snowed enough to get called into action. Maybe things will be different this winter?


The Four wheel Emergency Assistance Team has been around since 1984. We work with and have a written agreement with the City of Denver’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM).
Al Fink, of the Pinzguaers 4wd club, and myself are still wringing out the FEAT software that the City of Denver has put together for us. Using ZIP codes and a zoning system of the metro area I created, it will basically identify and assign a driver to a rider’s request and track the event in real time.

Mile-Hi Jeep Club has agreed to provide a FEAT service to Avista Hospital and the new Exempla Hospital in Louisville and is in the process of negotiating an agreement.
Creeper Jeepers of Durango is planning on providing FEAT services to the new hospital being built in Durango.

FEAT is a program of the Colorado Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs, Inc (CoA4WDCI); FEAT members do not need to be a member of an association club. However, I would like for you to investigate the idea of becoming either a member club, a member of one of our clubs or become a Supporting Member. Go to www.hightrails.org (javascript:ol('http://www.hightrails.org');) and check us out.


Jefferson County’s OEM recently contacted me about participating in FEAT. Working with Denver’s OEM, we established a method to include Jeffco OEM during snow emergencies.
Jeffco’s OEM asked me about assisting in other than snow emergency events and we have worked out a tentative agreement. This will be a FEAT Emergency Response Team for Jeffco.

We will provide basic 4x4 transportation where needed for whatever event Jeffco OEM needs. I would envision we would assist in forest fires by moving material and personnel by 4x4 where there may not be any roads. It could also be helping with a natural disaster or flood.
To sign up for a regular FEAT Team or the new Jeffco Emergency Response FEAT Team, go to www...hightrails.org (javascript:ol('http://www.hightrails.org/');) and click on “FEAT “and “application”.

FEAT Snow Storm Procedures
When there is a weather forecast for at least a 6 inch snow storm, I will send out a FEAT ALERT, which is your indication to stand-by for action.
You should now take the following action:
1. Be sure your 4x4 is full of gas and is in good working order.
2. Make sure your 4x4 has the following items:
a. Drinking water
b. tire chains/tow straps/emergency flares
c. city map or atlas
d. Shovel

When activated, be sure to bring the following items with you:
1. Make sure your cell phone is fully charged and don't forget to take your vehicle charger with you. Or take a lot of quarters for phone calls.
2. Clip board and /or paper and pencil (pens freeze up)
3. Bring extra:
a. Gloves/socks/shoes/boots/pants
b. Thermos for hot coffee/hot chocolate

When the Denver OEM decides to activate FEAT, our dispatchers will travel to the OEM "bullpen" and activate the FEAT software system. The OEM is located in the basement of the Denver City and County building. We will start calling drivers to ascertain your availability. YOU MAY ALSO CALL US AT 720-865-7620 or 7621 to talk to the dispatchers. (These phone numbers are not activated until FEAT is activated.) DO NOT RELEASE THESE PHONE NUMBERS TO THE PUBLIC. They are only for drivers to contact the FEAT dispatchers.

As riders request come in we will contact you with an assignment. You will be given the name, address, and phone numbers of your rider(s). Contact them to make sure you know where they are located and get directions, if needed. You will also have to establish a Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA). We are requesting that ride requesters allow at least a two-hour time-frame from pick-up to delivery.

We only transport Denver's emergency service personnel, i.e., police, firemen, public health workers, computer tech, nurses, etc. We will NOT transport the general public or medical emergencies. You are NOT required to jump-start vehicles, tow a vehicle, start a stalled vehicle or shovel snow.

Do NOT ask for nor accept tips. We will accept donations to FEAT to help with administrative costs. Please forward all donations to me.
Once you have delivered your passenger, call the FEAT dispatchers and report in. We will either have another assignment for you or ask you to stand-by at that location.

Now, the only thing to do is Pray for Snow, so we can go play!!!!!!!!

Thanks for being a FEAT volunteer.

Gene W. King
FEAT Chairman
CoA4WDCI Land Use Chairman
gwking33@msn.com (http://by122fd.bay122.hotmail.msn.com/cgi-bin/compose?mailto=1&msg=6B8954DD-C1A0-4373-A300-C8E72C6E91B7&start=0&len=30265&src=&type=x&to=gwking33@msn.com&cc=&bcc=&subject=&body=&curmbox=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000001&a=3eb846a3d05d94bffcc9dedf60f0bab3630793ddc1731d46058f147a6d1bb38b)

11-21-2008, 12:41 PM
Bump for those who want to join up this year!

10-27-2009, 04:33 PM
Bump! Hope for snow!

10-27-2009, 04:54 PM
anyone else get the postcard about the FEAT get together?

10-27-2009, 05:21 PM
I just got an info packet in the mail, but no post card. I am signed up again though..

Shark Bait
10-27-2009, 07:09 PM
I need to un-signup. The email address listed above for Gene King just bounced back to me as invalid. :(

10-27-2009, 07:19 PM
I bet you could simply un sign up when (if) they call you to check your availability.

10-27-2009, 07:22 PM
Also, try feat@hightrails.org or (303) 425-7480.

10-27-2009, 09:47 PM
I got a call tonight! Woo hoo!

10-27-2009, 09:53 PM
Gene-at-BigBlueToy.com is current... and I got a call tonight too! Kinda glad I'm not driving down from the foothills tomorrow, though I'm sure it's pretty up there tonight.

10-28-2009, 12:09 AM
I'm interested but I can't have it Interfear with my day job.

10-28-2009, 12:15 AM
Was signed up last year and only got a pre-call, never the real thing. I didn't think we had to sign up again this year if we were signed up last year???? If so I will.

The mailer they send out about a month ago was for a get together BBQ at the Elks lodge up north, couldn't go but it was said to be good BBQ.

Hope for snow:D:bowdown: snow gods:bowdown:

10-28-2009, 07:43 AM
if you're already signed up you shouldn't have to sign up again. I just got a pre-call last night. Tim, if FEAT calls you then you probably won't be going to work anyway. Sometimes, but not since I've been doing it. They do a pre-call if the forecast is 6" or more. The give you actual calls if it's deep enough that front-wheel drive cars are actually having trouble moving around.

10-28-2009, 09:04 AM
Also they totally work around your day job. All of the calls I've been on have been late evening/night.. but it has been a few years it just hasn't snowed that hard lately. Maybe this year will be different, depending on which farmer's almanac you read.

10-28-2009, 10:50 AM
Yeah, I got the precall last night - got my stuff in the truck, full tank of gas, ready to go....

Like Tim said, if you're thinking about signing up, do it. You're not transporting sick people or anything, its just "essential personnel" who can't get to work, so if you can't do it they just find someone else.

I've never been called during work (and I think I've been signed up for 4 or more years now?) - all of my runs have been around hospital shift changes - 2:00am, 5:00am, 7:00am, etc...

It's a very low stress way to give a tiny bit back to the community - and you get to play with your truck - in '06 I had to drive a nurse from way down by the airport up to Broomfield, thought I would take the tollroad - got to the Flatirons entrance and a State Trooper was closing the road (this was at about 4:45 in the morning or so). I pulled up and told him what I was doing, showed him my FEAT paperwork and didn't even have to ask - he just told me to be careful. I now know from experience that the mighty 4runner can cruise at 55+ in over 14" of unplowed snow on an empty 4lane highway. It's a lot like driving a boat, complete with spray from the wake. That experience alone made me a lifetime FEAT volunteer. :)

Then I got to pull a car out of a ditch on the way home, one of my favorite things to do. So I hope I get called tonight.

Edit: Just realized that I should put a caveat in here: Volunteering for FEAT in no way authorizes you to drive on closed roads, or drive to fast for conditions, or do anything unsafe, illegal of even fun. Had the Trooper said go around, I would have gone around. Had there been any chance of anybody else being on the road, I would have slowed way down. Be safe out there.

10-28-2009, 05:18 PM
Sounds cool. I consider it

10-28-2009, 06:12 PM
Hmmm - no call here yet.

10-28-2009, 07:13 PM
Hmmm - no call here yet.

X2 Anyone know the phone number(FEAT) for the employees that need rides into the hospitals and clinics? My daughter was asking me today and I could not find it on the web site.

10-28-2009, 07:55 PM
EDIT: sorry

10-28-2009, 07:58 PM
EDIT: sorrythanks, I deleted it

10-28-2009, 07:59 PM
sorry John, I only remembered the letter having the phone number, but it's on a public website so I guess they don't care that much? My bad I should have clicked your link first.

10-28-2009, 08:02 PM
sorry John, I only remembered the letter having the phone number, but it's on a public website so I guess they don't care that much? My bad I should have clicked your link first.No prob! You are only shown that page after you apply, so it's probably best that I deleted it.

10-28-2009, 08:41 PM
I have been doing this for years, only called out twice (and one of those I was stuck (well, not stuck but the GF did not want us to drive home) in Albuquerque. I got no call this week so I just e-mailed Gene.

Having a RS HAM Channel will be nice.

10-28-2009, 08:59 PM
Having a RS HAM Channel will be nice.

Agreed... hence the thread in the ham section. I also asked the volunteer who did the pre-call last night if they had any intentions of incorporating ham radio into the dispatch, but no... we're likely the only club where this is possible. Maybe some day, perhaps our state association delegate would present its benefits some time? :D

10-29-2009, 11:25 PM
did anyone get called? was it even active?

10-29-2009, 11:32 PM
nada here.. :shrug:

Caribou Sandstorm
10-30-2009, 12:02 AM
Hey I saw how some clubs have become involved with a specific hospital.

I mentioned the FEAT thing today at Swedish to the Dir. of Imaging and the COO and they were very interested in knowing more about FEAT and I mentioned possibly seeing if the RS club would be interested in being on their hospital list for their snow plan.

I call on the hospitals for work.

Anyway, maybe if you all are interested, I could talk about it at the next club meeting and see if we want to be Swedish's official 4x4 assistance club. Maybe there is a protocol for this via FEAT.

They are a level 1 trauma so they are just about the top facility in the area.

10-30-2009, 12:54 AM
My vote goes to Swedish since they saved my life.

12-30-2010, 11:03 AM
Did everyone get their updated paperwork and card this year? Tonight could be active....

12-30-2010, 11:16 AM
I got mine..

12-30-2010, 11:45 AM
Still active but man I don't know what snow looks like anymore..............

12-31-2010, 12:13 AM
Yeah, but that ain't snow. That's just a tease.

I met the Denver OEM guys a few weeks back. Nice bunch. They love what FEAT does.

12-31-2010, 09:48 AM
Got mine, in the truck ready to go, but I think this storm is a bust...

12-31-2010, 10:04 AM
Got mine, in the truck ready to go, but I think this storm is a bust...

And that's all she wrote..........Ppppffffffhhhhhhhhttttttttt:(

09-08-2011, 11:21 AM
Someone at last night's meeting had asked about FEAT and how to sign up - the info is in this thread you or can pm me and I'll give you a hand. Winter's coming again!

12-22-2011, 11:35 AM
anyone ever get called?

12-22-2011, 01:36 PM
No, I haven't seen an email or packet this year from Gene either - I've been meaning to email him and see what's up.

12-22-2011, 06:20 PM
All you have to do is go for a drive around your town on a snow day, and you can rescue and give rides all day long. It amazes how people get themselves in ditches and off the road in so many ways.

11-22-2012, 09:56 AM
New update for 2012-13. The application was quick and the ID required was drivers license and DOB.

From: Gene W King [mailto:Gene@bigbluetoy.com]
Sent: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 5:03 PM
To: Gene W King
Subject: FEAT

Greetings to all and Happy Turkey Day and Happy Holidays;
Weatherman says it will be a low snow year this winter but let's hope he's wrong and we get a lot of snow to play in.
The Denver Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security is now requiring a CBI background check on all FEAT volunteers.
Accordingly, I've had to revise the FEAT application and EVERYONE will have to submit a new application.
Please go to www.ColoradoFEAT.org and use the Denver application.
I'll need everyone that wants to remain a FEAT volunteer to complete the new application by 31 December.
I'm also looking for several volunteers to be FEAT Dispatchers. Let me know if you are interested.
Thanks for your prompt action.

Gene W. King
FEAT Chairman

10-29-2015, 08:38 AM
New year, and a new chairman! Get your applications in ASAP.


I would like to introduce myself as the new Four-wheel Emergency Assistance Team (FEAT) Chairman. We want to thank Gene King for over 17 years of service as the former FEAT Chairman. While Gene says he is retiring, he has already agreed to be the Dispatch Supervisor and we know that he will probably take Big Blue out for a few runs. Gene will also serve as Adviser for the next year.
FEAT www.ColoradoFEAT.org is an organization within the Colorado Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs, Inc. (CoA4WDCI) www.HighTrails.org. This is a state-wide organization that provides capable vehicles with capable drivers to respond to emergencies. We have Memorandums of Understanding with City/County of Denver, as well as agencies in Boulder County, Larimer County and El Paso County.
WE ARE LOOKING FOR FEAT VOLUNTEERS!!! If you know of anyone that has a capable four-wheel drive with high clearance and are willing to volunteer, please forward them to the application. We are in need of dispatchers to work in the City/County of Denver Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and man the phones taking incoming ride request calls and routing drivers. There will be 2 shifts in the FEAT EOC from 7:30AM -1:30PM and 1:30PM to 7:30PM.
Dispatcher training is scheduled for 17NOV2015 6:00PM-8:00PM and 21NOV2015 10:00AM-12:00PM at the City/County of Denver EOC, 1437 Bannock St. Rm3 (basement of City & County Bldg). Please contact me if you are interested. This is a great gig for your spouse to get involved while you are out driving!
Let it snow, let it snow, so FEAT can go!!!!!
FEAT now requires a background check which will be completed through Verified Volunteers. This background check belongs to you and can be shared with other organizations that you may volunteer for. More on this to come. We are updating the website and do not currently have the application available online so I have set up a Google form to accept the application data.

Please go to this link and complete the FEAT application


Thank you!! I look forward to working with all of you and setting up some great training opportunities.


Michael Hirschman
Colorado Four-wheel Emergency Assistance Team (FEAT)
303-808-9758 Cell

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03-23-2016, 01:35 PM
FEAT has been called up. (Naturally my truck is in Robbie's shop on jackstands!)

Go to http://www.coloradofeat.org/

I am part of the leadership team for FEAT.