Country of Italy Completely Covered By The RECCO SAR Helicopter Detector System


September 28, 2021

Since this summer, RECCO SAR Helicopter Detectors are ready for use throughout Italy at the locations of AostaTrento, Val Gardena and now Abruzzo. 

Italy sets new standards for the search and rescue of missing people in the outdoors. From now on, RECCO SAR Helicopter Detectors are available at four locations in Italy, for search operations all over the country.

The latest placement was made in Aquila, Abbruzzo. The rescue team was trained earlier in June, and can now respond to search missions of people lost in the outdoors year-round. The latest helicopter detector covers the region of central Italy including Molise, Lazio, Marche and Umbria. The helicopter detector is operated by CNSAS (National Alpine Cliff and Cave Rescue Corps) and will complement the three existing Italian helicopter detectors in Aosta, Trento and Val Gardena.

”In Italy, there are three RECCO SAR helicopter detectors based in Aosta, Trento and Bolzano. Having a RECCO detector is a great resource for Abruzzo, after Valle d’Aosta and Trentino. Starting today, we have at our disposal this important tool that makes it possible to search for people both under the snow and on the surface, for increased safety and prevention in our mountains” says  Marco Marsilio, President of the Abruzzo Region.

The RECCO technology has been used by mountain rescuers and ski resorts worldwide as an electronic avalanche burial search method for many years, so as well in Italy where mountain rescuers have been working with RECCO detectors for a long time. By adding the RECCO SAR Helicopter Detector, this expands the field of application of the RECCO technology from avalanche rescue of buried people to search and rescue of missing people in the outdoors all year round.

“A fourth placement in Italy is a milestone for RECCO. Italy is a well-visited country, famous for its nature and outdoor possibilities. Being able to search for missing people all over the country of Italy has been a goal from the beginning,” says Fredrik Steinwall, CEO at RECCO.

The regions covered include Southern Apennino and Abbruzzo National Parcs, areas where many people explore the outdoors every year. Abruzzo is the first region in the Apennines to be equipped with a RECCO SAR helicopter detector.

RECCO is pleased to have made this fourth placement in Italy and continue the global expansion of the helicopter system. Currently, there are 21 RECCO SAR Helicopter Detectors worldwide, with 7 in North America and 14  units deployed across Europe. The latest deployments include Teton County Search & Rescue  (USA), Alpine Helicopters  (CAN) and this latest placement in Abruzzo (Italy), operated by CNSAS.

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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 32 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

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