Tyko Brahe – the most famous inhabitant of the Ven island
Landskrona is a small, beautiful, and more than 600 years old town at the shore of the Sound in Schonen, Sweden. The Danish shore in the other side of the busy fairway is almost close enough to touch.
The island of Ven, formerly “Hven”, is a reminiscent of the state history of Scandinavia. It is in the middle of the narrow Sound. At the end of the 16th century, due a donation made by the King of Denmark the famous Danish astronomer Tyko Brahe lived and worked on the island. After the death of the king, he unfortunately had to move out of there. There is nothing left of the observatory, which he had built.
The memory of Tyko Brahe is nevertheless still awake on Ven. It also has a connection to the work of the Rescue Department of Landskrona – and Kewatec.
Even the islanders can get sick
The Rescue Department of Landskrona cannot take care only of the tasks that can be achieved on rubber tires.
“We never know what’s waiting for us – that’s the biggest challenge for us in our work. Every accident is different,” says Stefan Eriksson, fireman who has worked for the rescue department since 1981, and who is responsible for its equipment, such as the cars and the boats.
The Rescue Department sees the prevention of danger through education as an important task. Nevertheless, accidents happen. Fires ignite despite all caution, and illnesses will come even if life on the island is healthy.
In the case of an acute myocardial infarction or stroke, or if premature birth is about to happen, the patient must quickly go to the hospital. And when there is a lot of water between the patient and the hospital, it must be traversed even when the wind is blowing, and it is raining. There are four nautical miles to be covered through the water.
So, The Rescue Department of Landskrona must in emergencies take care also of the population of Ven. More than 350 people live in the island around the year, and there can be a lot more people during the holiday season as the island is also a tourist attraction. And although an ambulance is stationed on the island and it has its own nurse, it is not always enough. Sometimes the patient needs urgently go to the hospital on the mainland.
“There is a ferry service from the town of Landskrona to the island of Ven, but it is slow. The ferry does not run around the clock all week, either,” says Stefan Eriksson.
The fire department of Landskrona therefore looks after to the cases of illness on the island Ven, and if there is a need for a fast patient transport to the mainland, it has to take care of it.
“Our work on Ven consists for 90 percent in such cases,” says Stefan Eriksson. Another island is part of the task of the fire department Landskrona, too. “Besides illnesses, it can be fires and other accidents.”
Final destination for the old boat
For a long time, the obsolete boat equipment of the rescue service has been an obstacle to the orderly completion of its tasks at sea. The old boat had been getting old. It was built in 1989 and very difficult to maintain. The patient transport space on board was also very modest.
In fact, the Rescue Department has had to ask the volunteer rescuers for help from time to time. You cannot order a helicopter every time to the scene of the accident. It is not always the fastest patient transport alternative in acute cases, either.
This situation has improved significantly in the early summer of 2018, as the staff of the Rescue Department Landskrona unanimously say. At that time, the new ambulance boat from Kokkola, Finland (Kewatec Work 1370 Rescue), arrived after a trip of only three days on its own keel to Landskrona. The old boat was ready for a well-deserved retirement.
A new star in the port of Landskrona
Tyko Brahe would certainly be pleased with the name of the new ambulance, if he knew it: Project 300-1 turned into Stella Nova, “the new star”. The name refers to a book by Tyko Brahe. He wrote it when he discovered together with other star researchers of his time a new supernova in the constellation Cassiopeia. The book is called “De nova stella”.
Also new is the floating “Stella nova” – and modern. For example, the boat can be commanded at only a touch of a button to stay in one spot, even in a harsh wind, thanks to state-of-the-art navigation equipment and two engines with an IPS-drive. The boat can also effortlessly be moved sideways, turned on the spot and maneuver with the analogical joystick controlling system.
The patient transport cabin of the boat corresponds to that of a modern ambulance. For the accompanying nurse, a separate, spring-loaded chair is installed next to the versatile adjustable stretcher.
“Ergonomics during patient transport has improved significantly. The hospital staff, too, praises the patient transport cabin of the boat,” notes Stefan Eriksson.
In addition, the boat has two water cannons, which make it possible to extinguish not only a boat in flames, but also a fire in the countryside near the shore. A fire hose can also be connected to the system. Thus, the extinguishing water can be transported further away from the shore to help the Volunteer fire department of Ven with its fire truck at the scene of fire.
“By the way, Stella Nova can also fully participate in the sea rescue tasks on its own territory,” adds Stefan Eriksson.
Yes, indeed, the new ambulance boat is not afraid of the wind, nor of the waves. It has been driven in a rough sea, and the crew was very happy with the boat.
Rescue work at a higher level
“Stella Nova is one of the best things that happened to us at Landskrona Rescue Department. The entire crew is very happy with the boat,” says Stefan Eriksson. “The boat is easy to handle, and you quickly learn to maneuver it. It’s important because we have many users to learn this. ”
Also, for the supplier of the boat, to the company Kewatec, there is nothing critical to say. “We have been supported really well. Fine staff and excellent cooperation!”
Stella Nova has raised the rescue service’s ability to react to situations that cannot be predicted and are always demanding. It is the right tool to take care of Ven’s people and some other things in water and from the water.