The Recco Reflector is a small band-aid size battery-free transponder which makes you searchable to professional mountain rescue teams 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 which should be mounted on your Helmet, Backpack or as a Belt.
A Recco reflector is a small, band-aid sized, electronic transponder that weighs less than four grams. It is mounted to your ski helmet or to gear that is unlikely to be torn off in the event of an avalanche or outdoor summer accident
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 the SAR Recco Detector Helicopter in the event of a missing person situation.
The Recco Belt is made of flexible and robust material with a metal buckle and two integrated rescue reflectors for optimum searchability.
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To mountain rescue teams the Recco Reflectors are a “very useful piece of equipment and is a standard in avalanche rescue”.
Professional rescuers use the Recco detectors for one reason and one reason only and that is to save crucial time when searching when wearing a Recco Reflector the search becomes a lot quicker.
If you are not wearing a Recco Reflector it becomes a lot more difficult for rescue teams to search for you and manual searching with probe lines and other methods take up a lot more time meaning that the chance of survival decreases dramatically.
Please see the short clip from Mountain Rescue Teams:
The SAR (Search & Rescue) 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 services are used in the following countries :
1. Does the RECCO replace the transceiver?
The Recco supplements transceivers, we, as well as mountain rescue professionals encourage people to get and learn how to use avalanche transceiver devices, Avalanche Beacons are the best tool for rescuing your ski or snowboard companions and vice versa.
Recco Reflectors are used for when you need mountain rescue professionals to help with searching for a missing person.
2. I already have a transceiver, Do I still need a RECCO Reflector?
Even the most experienced skiers and boarders forget to carry there transceiver sometimes so you must ensure you mount a Recco to your Helmet, Backpack or as a Belt, the Recco provides a basic, simple and inexpensive rescue system for all.
You can find pre-installed Recco products like the Ortovox transceivers below:
3. Does the Recco interfere with avalanche rescue beacons?
No is your answer. the two systems work on very different sets of frequencies and cause no interference with each other. Find out more on what interferes with your avalanche beacon.
4. Can I just put a RECCO reflector in my pocket?
It’s not recommended. The adhesive-backed reflectors are designed to work best when attached to hard-shell boots or helmets however you can sow the Recco Reflectors to the outside of your ski jacket, as long as these are visible and have not been dropped in your pocket they will work and won’t reduce the performance of the system.
5. Where in the world can I find the Recco Detectors?
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