The MM Rapaport Hargin Foundation was established in memory of the Swedish freeskiing star Matilda Rapaport, who tragically was killed in an avalanche in Chile last year. The objective is to increase safety in the mountain. As part of this, the foundation, together with RECCO Advanced Rescue Technology, is promoting a RECCO reflector collaboration. The reflector can be attached to a helmet or boot and makes the wearer searchable for professional rescuers in case of an avalanche accident.
The Swedish brand Fjällräven’s new collection Bergtagen, fall/winter 2017, is a functional and technical clothing line that is made for activities above the tree line. In conjunction with the launch of Bergtagen, Fjällräven has for the first time chosen to integrate RECCO reflectors into a collection, which makes the carrier searchable in avalanches.
Four RECCO SAR detectors are currently placed in the Swiss and Italian Alps. The detector is a smaller and lighter version of the original RECCO helicopter search and rescue detector that gives popular outdoor regions an efficient tool to search for missing people year-round. Eleven additional detectors are planned for the Alps and Scandinavia.
The helicopter Search and Rescue system, RECCO SAR, is since July 15 operational in Valais, Switzerland, and Aosta Valley, Italy. After the launch last year the detector has been improved – significantly smaller and more effective. Improvements well received amongst rescuers. The RECCO SAR gives popular outdoor regions an efficient tool to search for missing people year-round. The plan is to place an additional 13 detectors until the end of the year