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 in 2016. The objective is to increase safety in the mountains. 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 or when lost in the outdoors.
While RECCO reflectors are integrated in products from more than 200 brands, application of this RECCO® Reflector complements any RECCO® Reflectors already integrated in your gear. Like all RECCO reflectors it requires no power or activation to function.
Apply the reflector to a smooth and fully cleaned surface high up on the helmet at room temperature.
Firmly press the reflector into place ensuring full contact over the entire surface area.
Be sure to allow at least 24 hours for the reflector to properly adhere to the surface.
The RECCO® Rescue System is two-part technology. Ski resorts and mountain rescue teams world wide carry RECCO® detectors and select locations in Europe utilize the helicopter specific RECCO SAR detector, which send out search signals. RECCO® reflectors worn by skiers, riders and other outdoors people, bounce back a directional signal that directs the rescuer straight to the reflector. Unlike other technologies, multiple RECCO® reflectors on a person can improve detection.
The RECCO® Rescue System is sophisticated radar technology, but for the end user it is easy to use. Organized rescue teams can use the lightweight hand-held detector on the ground or from a helicopter, which allows for fast searching of large or dangerous areas.
RECCO® reflectors do not prevent avalanches, nor do they guarantee location or survival of a buried or lost person. Reflectors are also not a substitute for an avalanche transceiver. Knowledge and common sense are the best ways to avoid accidents. Always respect safety rules and regulations. However, when someone needs more help than their friends can provide, RECCO® reflectors do provide another chance.