Do you wear RECCO – Be Searchable when your ski touring or mountain biking in the Dolomites, Italy? If you don’t then you MUST!
In any outdoor emergency or avalanche accidents, time is of the essense when trying to locate a missing person and this is why RECCO is a MUST, Help mountain professionals locate you when wearing RECCO.
RECCO performs the same worldwide, you can wear RECCO in Italy, Germany and many other European countries aswell as Canada and USA. 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.
Italy offers 349 ski resorts which hosts 4.8 Million national skiiers participating in uphill ski tours, off-piste skiers and snowboarders, downhill ski mountainners, climbers and more.
|Ski Resorts||349 Resorts|
|National Skiers||4.8 Million|
|Recco Equipped Rescue Groups||86|
|Recco Equipped Resorts||57|
|Involved in general avalanche accidents (2018 – 2019)|
|Off-piste skiiers / snowboarders||24%|
|Uphill Ski Tourers||55%|
|Downhill Ski Mountaineers||45%|
|Avalanche Accidents recorded (2018 – 2019)||146|
74% of avalanche accidents occured at moderate and considerable level of 2 to 3 (2018 – 2019)
Number of Fatalities in avalanche accidents per year (2010-2019): 22,8
Avalanche Statistics 2020
35.6 Million people in Italy participate in outdoor activites, 26% practising sport, fitness or recreational pyhsical activites atleast once a week.
|Number of Rescue Operations by CNSAS||9554|
|Number of SAR Actitivies involving Helicopter||3990|
40270 is the number of people employed by CNSAS, The CNSAS, operational division of the Italian Alpine Club, is a free non-partisan, apolitical and non-profit organization constitued betweeen volunters guided by the principles of solidarity and mutual trust among members.
Rescue Statistics 2018
Italy have 86 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 Italy:
RECCO SAR HELICOPTER DETECTOR
HELICOPTER BASES (CNSAS, BRD AVS, SASP)
Please see video of how the SAR Helicopter RECCO Detector works:
You can find 3 different Recco products available on the market in the Italy:
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.