Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade

North Tyneside

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The Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade (TVLB) is the oldest, and one of only 3 remaining active Volunteer Life Brigades in the UK. The TVLB was formed following the tragic loss of 32 souls from stricken ships on 24th November 1864 at the Black Middens rocks at Tynemouth.


The brigade has now been saving lives for over 155 years and has constantly evolved and developed to meet the increased demand on its services and the modern brigade now has 3 main roles:


1) Search and rescue team: The brigade provides a 24-hour, 365-day multi-disciplinary shore based coastal rescue service. The team is a declared facility to HM Coastguard and represents the Coastguard in the North Tyneside and Newcastle area and the brigade responds to an average of 120 callouts per year. 


2) Education: By regularly visiting schools, community groups and public events we provide advice and guidance on sea safety and drowning prevention throughout the North East. In 2019 we trained over 4,000 children from 17 different schools.


3) History: The brigade operates from our (free to visit) Watch House museum in Tynemouth which houses an amazing display of artefacts from the rescues that have been carried out over 155 years of history. 


Any funding received from the Venator Community Fund will be used towards the purchase of essential first aid training equipment. This includes baby and child mannequins to improve the skills of our volunteers and increase the effectiveness of our teams.

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