RECCO Brings Advanced Avalanche Rescue Technology to Winter Sports Population
start to the avalanche season in North American history — 23 fatalities in
the last three weeks — avalanche awareness, safety, and rescue equipment is
becoming a necessity for skiers, snowboarders and outdoor enthusiasts heading
to the mountains across the continent.
RECCO provides a unique passive avalanche rescue system for enthusiasts
and rescue teams that supplements traditional devices: transceivers, probes
and shovels. Working with more than 200 outerwear, ski boot and helmet
manufacturers, RECCO increases safety in and around mountain resorts. The
popular winter sports products incorporate a pinky-size RECCO tab that returns
harmonic radar signals emitted by a RECCO detector operated by ski patrollers
and mountain rescue teams for rapid pinpoint location. The reflectors are
available in wearable products available through multiple popular brands,
including The North Face, Arc’teryx, Helly Hansen, Volcom, Atomic Ski Boots
and PRO-TEC Helmets. The reflectors don’t require a battery and are integrated
into product worn on the body.
This season RECCO introduced to rescuers the R9 detector that for the
first time tracks signals from both avalanche beacons worn by backcountry
enthusiasts as well as popular RECCO reflectors. The dual function, hand-held
device can greatly reduce the search times from hours to minutes. More than
100 North American resorts and rescue teams utilize RECCO and 600
organizations are equipped with the system worldwide.
Saving lives is about saving time, and searching for someone buried in an
avalanche is similar to looking for a needle in a haystack. Traditional
methods used by rescue teams are slow and labor intensive. RECCO’s advanced
rescue technology can make rescuers’ jobs faster, easier and safer, providing
another chance for buried victims. In any organized rescue scenario speed and
accuracy are paramount for search crews to find buried victims and increase
their chance of survival.
RECCO is not a replacement for knowledge or experience in the backcountry.
Nor is it intended for companion rescue or as an alternative for a
The RECCO system was developed by Magnus Granhed in collaboration with the
Royal Institute of Technology in
friend in an avalanche. The first live rescue attributed to RECCO occurred in
1987 in Lenzerheide,
system and who integrate the reflectors, visit http://www.RECCO.com.