BCSARA And RECCO Make More People Searchable in British Columbia
June 29, 2020
RECCO is pleased to announce the new partnership with The British Columbia Search and Rescue Association (BCSARA), who represents the 79 Ground Search and Rescue (GSAR) Groups and the appropriately 2,500 un-paid professional members in B.C.
RECCO rescue reflectors are integrated in clothing and equipment from 150 outdoor brands worldwide today. In 2018, RECCO released new products for consumers. The decision to offer rescue reflectors directly to consumers is motivated by the ongoing global roll out of the RECCO SAR Helicopter Detector, which is used to search for missing people in the outdoors year round. Currently there are 17 RECCO SAR helicopter detectors globally, with 12 units deployed across Europe and five in North America.
”Making attachable reflectors available is another step in the long standing partnership between BCSARA and RECCO to increase the efficiency of locating people buried in an avalanche and now lost persons year around with the helicopter detectors,” says Chris Kelly, President BCSARA.
BCSARA and GSAR respond to over 1,700 incidents a year to assist police, ambulance, and other agencies. The BCSARA board consists of 12 elected Regional Director, executive, and agency representatives to support GSAR Groups through provincial funding, training, Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) and providing advice to government. BCSARA also provides outdoor safety education to all ages through AdventureSmart, a national program developed in B.C.
“We are excited to start our collaboration with BCSARA. Their experience and knowledge within the field of search and rescue will have a great impact when we together make more people searchable, and maintain a safe working environment for the rescuers,” says Fredrik Steinwall, CEO at RECCO.
The RECCO rescue belt, RECCO rescue reflector for helmet and RECCO rescue reflector for back pack are available in the BCSARA online store.
For more information on BCSARA and GSAR in B.C. please go to www.bcsara.com.
Julia Granhed, Communications Manager
RECCO® advanced rescue technology makes outdoor enthusiasts searchable to rescuers in case of an avalanche accident or when lost in the outdoors. The technology builds on a two-part radar system. Rescuers carry RECCO® detectors that send out search signals which are echoed by RECCO® reflectors, carried by the user. RECCO® detectors are used worldwide at more than 900 ski resorts and mountain rescue organizations in 28 countries. RECCO® reflectors are integrated into select apparel, helmets, protection gear and boots manufactured by more than 150 leading outdoor brands. RECCO AB was founded in 1983 in Sweden and is owned by its founder Magnus Granhed and the publicly traded investment company Traction AB (listed on OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm). More info at recco.com