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First RECCO SAR Helicopter Detector Operational in Spain

Press release

December 13, 2022

Pompièrs Emergéncies S.L.U, Val d’Aran, is the first search and rescue organization operational in Spain featuring the innovative RECCO SAR helicopter detector. The detector will be used to search for missing people in the outdoors year-round.

Many Search & Rescue teams in Spain are equipped with handheld RECCO detectors for avalanche rescue, however this is the first time the RECCO SAR Helicopter Detector system is operational in the country of Spain.

Until now we’ve had the handheld RECCO detector that allowed us to search on foot. With the addition of the RECCO SAR helicopter detector, which is placed under the helicopter, we’ve made an important step forward, allowing search missions to be carried out faster in a wider area. This tool can be used both during summer and winter, to look for missing people in the outdoors and buried avalanche victims,” says Juanmi Riu, responsible for the mountain rescue group in Val d’Aran 

The RECCO SAR Helicopter Detector can quickly search large areas, covering 1 km2 within 6 minutes. Besides shortening search times, the helicopter-based detector can reduce the time and the exposure to risk for rescue workers during search missions.

“Adding Spain to the list of RECCO SAR equipped countries is a real milestone for us. The country is known for its widespread range of outdoor activities year-round, such as hiking, biking, rock climbing and skiing. These are all activities where our goal is to help the rescue community in case of an accident, by making more people searchable,” says Fredrik Steinwall, CEO at RECCO.  

Currently, there are 31 RECCO SAR Helicopter Detectors globally, with 11 in North America and 20 units deployed across Europe. In addition to Spain, the latest deployments include Colorado Highland Helicopters (USA), Helico Secours (Canada) and HeliAir (Sweden). 

More Information

www.recco.com

Press Contact

Julia Granhed, Communications Manager
julia.granhed@recco.com

More Information

www.recco.com

Press Contact

Julia Granhed, Communications Manager
julia.granhed@recco.com

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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