The Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade attended 25 callouts during August of 2016. This is a new record for the number of incidents during one month.
The month started quietly with the first incident occurring on 6th August. Since then, the team has attended a variety of calls, including a number of major incidents, two of which occurred within 20 minutes of each other on August 18.
August is traditionally a very busy time for the TVLB due to the school summer holidays and the large number of tourists who visit the area, and this year there has also been an extended period of reasonable weather.
The Tall Ships Regatta at Blyth also saw hundreds of thousands of people descend on the wider local area and a number of incidents that the team attended were linked to this event.
"Our current total of 97 calls during 2016 is one of the highest totals we have ever had at this time of year and suggests we are likely to have one of our busiest years on record. This record was set in 2008 when the Brigade attended 147 calls across the year."
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