Whether your skiing in whistler or hiking in Banff, Canada, RECCO – Be Searchable should be within your fleet of safety equipment. This Time Saving Device helps mountian rescuers locate you in the case of an outdoor emergency.
RECCO performs the same worldwide, you can wear RECCO in Canada and USA, aswell as Italy, Germany and many other European countries. Where there’s a Recco Base, there should be a RECCO wearer, be that on your helmet, backpack or as a belt.
Heres how RECCO works:
The Recco Reflector is a small band-aid size battery-free transponder which makes you searchable to professional mountain rescue teams in Canada in the event of an avalanche.
If you are caught in an avalanche situation the mountain rescue team will search the avalanche area with a Recco Detector, this detector responds to frequency signals of the reflector. The avalanche victim should have a Recco reflector mounted to their Helmet, Backpack or Belt.
Canada offers alot less resorts and skiers then the USA, with 280 ski resorts hosting 4.3 Million skiers participating in all types of wintersports.
|Ski Resorts||280 Resorts|
|National Skiers||4.3 Million|
|Recco Equipped Rescue Groups||43|
|Recco Equipped Resorts||29|
|Fatalitites by State (2010 – 2019)|
|Fatalitites by winter sport (2010 – 2019)|
|Guided Backcountry Skiing||10|
|Snowshoeing & Hiking||12|
Number of Fatalities in Avalanche Accidents per year (2010-2020): 10.9
Avalanche Statistics 2020
70% of Canadian citizens participate in outdoor activites, there are 48 national parks spread across Canada with 15.9 million visitors.
|Number of SAR Incidents in British Columbia|
Number of SAR Results in British Columbia
44% of Canadians visitors take part in hiking or backpacking.
Rescue Statistics 2016-2018
Canada have 43 RECCO equipped rescue groups which operate in the summer and winter.
Here’s what RECCO Organisations and Ski Patrollers have to say about RECCO:
The RECCO SAR Helicopter Detector service was first introduced in 2015 and is now found in several countries, and offers year-round missing persons services.
The RECCO SAR Helicopter Detector is used by attaching the detector to a rope that is then dangled below the Recco rescue helicopter.
When the helicopter flies at a height of 100m, it is able to scan an area that is 100m wide.
When the speed of the helicopter is 100 km/h this translates to 1 km2coverage within six minutes. This equals to 30 football fields per minute.
Recco SAR Helicopter Detector Groups in the Canada:
HELICOPTER SKIING OPERATIONS
Bella Coola Heli Sports, BC
Blackcomb Aviation, BC
Klondike Heliskiing, Atlin, BC
Northern Escape Heli Ski, Terrace, BC Snowwater Heli-Skiing, South Slocan, BC Wiegele Helicopter Skiing, Blue River, BC
RECCO SAR HELICOPTER DETECTOR
Canmore (Alpine Helicopters)
North Vancouver (North Shore Rescue, BC)
Please see video of how the SAR Helicopter RECCO Detector works:
You can find 3 different Recco products available on the market in the Canada:
A RECCO reflector is a small, band-aid sized, electronic transponder that weighs less than four grams. It is mounted to your ski or outdoor helmet, clothing and gear that is unlikely to be torn off in the event of an avalanche or outdoor emergency.
Recco Backpack Reflector
The RECCO Backpack Rescue Reflector has been specially designed for the application on carrying straps of backpacks and is primarily intended for use in the summer to be located by helicopter in the event of a missing person situation.
You can also find the RECCO reflectors in clothing and on the TerraWest Core 22 Litre Recco Backpack.
RECCO | Be Searchable is very important for one good reason: TIME. People that wear devices that help mountain rescue services find them quickly have more chance survival in an outdoor accident like an avalanche or a fatal injury.