Search and Rescue Team

VLB Rescue Officers have the mental capacity, strength, and endurance to function for at least 30 minutes in heavy seas and on rugged terrain during adverse weather conditions.
Our team of 15 officers are able to respond to emergencies as directed by Humber Coastguard and is on call round-the-clock 365 days a year.
All our team members are qualified in water rescue and first aid.


The Coastwatch Team provide a visual watch on the sea, coastline, piers and harbour. Using their ‘eyes and ears’ to monitor the local area, the Watch Keepers maintain a log of all craft movements, provide weather reports and observe activities such as water sports. They are able to spot and report incidents as they happen. This improves response times from the emergency services and also improves safety for all who use the area. The Coastwatch is currently in operation four days a week and there are plans to extend to seven as more people are trained. Sunderland Coastwatch is affiliated to the Sea Safety Group.

The Look Out is equipped with radar, radios, Navtex, charts, telescope and binoculars. 



Watch House Museum

The Roker Watch House is not only the headquarters of the Brigade as it also holds a wealth of information on its work and the rescues it has carried out over the past 130 years.  As well as the many photographs on display, there are artefacts from some of the ships wrecked off the coast and a variety of examples of rescue equipment used by the Brigade. At present the Watch House is open to the public every Sunday afternoon from 12 noon to 4pm as well as Bank Holiday Mondays. Entrance is free and light refreshments can be purchased for a small charge. It is a very interesting visit for anyone interested in local or maritime history. 


Mission Support

This team includes members from the other three teams as well as people who concentrate solely on fundraising. As the Brigade is fully self supporting it relies on collections, donations and grants to raise the funds necessary to provide all of the rescue and safety equipment, Coastwatch equipment, the emergency vehicle and maintain the Watch House. Without the dedication of this team the work of the Brigade could not continue, it is vital to every aspect of what can be achieved.