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Grand County Search and Rescue obtains RECCO avalanche rescue gear

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Courtesy photoGCSAR member Mike Leiser gets some hands-on training with Dale Atkins, North American education and training director for RECCO. The RECCO detector will help locate persons buried in avalanche accidents.

Grand County Search and Rescue has added a new avalanche rescue tool to its cache.

The Swedish company RECCO has provided GCSAR with one of their radar detectors, which are able to locate buried subjects. The two-part system consists of a RECCO detector used by organized rescue groups and RECCO reflectors that are integrated into outerwear, helmets, protection gear and boots from hundreds of top outdoor brands.

The reflector is permanently attached, requires no training and no batteries to function. It is always “on” and ready.

RECCO reflectors do not prevent avalanches nor do they guarantee location or survival in the event of a burial, but they enable organized rescue teams to pinpoint the person’s precise location.

Additionally, the system reduces dangers to GCSAR volunteers while making the search and rescue more efficient. Searchers will be able to use the lightweight hand-held detector on the ground or from a helicopter, which allows for fast searching of large or dangerous areas.

Reflectors are also not a substitute for personal avalanche rescue equipment. When traveling in avalanche terrain, snow riders should always carry a beacon, shovel and probe. Companion rescue consistently provides the best chance of surviving an avalanche burial.

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