VSAR Operational with The RECCO SAR Helicopter Detector

Press release

February 15, 2022

Vernon Search and Rescue (VSAR) is the third search and rescue organization to be operational with the RECCO SAR helicopter detector in Canada. The detector will be used to search for missing people in the outdoors year-round.

The RECCO SAR Helicopter Detector can quickly search large areas. The helicopter searches from a height of 100 meters, covering an area approximately 100 meters wide. Searching at speeds up to 100 km/h, rescuers can cover a 1 kmin 6 minutes. The helicopter-based detector can shorten search time and can thereby reduce the exposure to risk for SAR personnel during search missions.

”Vernon Search and Rescue is pleased to now have RECCO SAR Helicopter Technology to assist  SAR Teams in southern British Columbia with wilderness missing person incidents.” says Vernon SAR.

Many Search & Rescue teams in British Columbia are equipped with handheld RECCO detectors for avalanche rescue and searching for missing people, and this is the second RECCO SAR Helicopter Detector in the Province. Since 2019, there has been a RECCO SAR Helicopter detector operated by North Shore Rescue in Vancouver.

“We are excited to announce that the network of helicopter detectors is growing in Canada. Our objective is to make the search process quicker and safer for the rescue teams in the world. With a third helicopter detector in the country, VSAR is part of the journey of making the outdoors a safer place,” says Fredrik Steinwall, CEO at RECCO.

RECCO rescue reflectors are commonly found in outdoor clothing and equipment, such as backpacks, hiking shoes, and helmets. Other applications include climbing harnesses, where Black Diamond recently presented their first ever equipped Technician RECCO harness. The first hunting brand to integrate RECCO reflectors into their products last year is FORLOH, an American company based in Whitefish, Montana.

Currently there are 27 RECCO SAR Helicopter Detectors globally, with 9 in North America and 18 units deployed across Europe. The latest deployments include California Highway Patrol (USA), Alpine Helicopters, Canmore, Alberta (CAN) and a RECCO SAR helicopter detector based out of Abruzzo operated by Italy’s CNSAS.

Images © Trevor Honigman

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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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