10-01-2006, 12:16 PM
Rising Sun Commander
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: north side
FEAT Update - time to sign up!
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 and check us out.
NEW FEAT TEAM
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 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
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:
b. Thermos for hot coffee/hot chocolate
c. NO ALCOHOL.
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
CoA4WDCI Land Use Chairman