“The hub for the operational part of our organization”
The SSRS has one single mission – to save lives at sea, with the help of 69 lifeboat stations and more than 200 rescue boats along Sweden’s coasts and lakes. It also has 2100 volunteer lifeboatmen ready for action, all year round. Help is under way within 15 minutes of an alarm being raised. Reliability is of vital importance in an organization whose objective is saving human life. Right now, the Swedish Sea Rescue Society is getting ready for high season.
“We need reliable boats in emergency situations,” says Marie Louise Dahlberg from the Sea Rescue Society’s technical department. “We’re responsible for 200 boats – everything from jet skis to hovercraft and all-weather boats – and we do our best to be the best and avoid breakdowns,” says Marie Louise.
Right now, the organization is getting ready for its high season; every boat must be in top condition as they constantly will be in action. SSRS carries out around 70 per cent of all rescue operations in response to emergency calls. Its operations depend on volunteers and donations. Aretics has donated MaintMaster and training courses to SSRS regarding maintenance work.
“We use the MaintMaster maintenance system and it will become the hub for the operational part of our organization,” says Marie Louise. The idea is for the volunteers to inspect their boats and register whatever needs doing directly into the system.
“Our goal is to work with preventive maintenance, quality assurance and the prevention of breakdowns and emergency repairs,” says Marie Louise.
In an organization that is undermanned from time to time, it is important to prioritize properly, to plan for the long term and create procedures so that both instructions and spare parts are available when needed.
A major part of the system work now concerns updating the spare parts register, data entry, defect reporting and ordering.
“The long-term work is about creating conditions that allow everybody to work preventively. Everything needs to be in place so that breakdowns are minimized and our efforts can focus on saving lives, not carrying out repairs,” concludes Marie Louise.