McMurdo signs PLB contract with Coast Guard

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McMurdo’s FastFind 220 personal locator beacon transmits a distress signal via the international search-and-rescue satellite system that Cospas-Sarsat operates.

McMurdo’s FastFind 220 personal locator beacon transmits a distress signal via the international search-and-rescue satellite system that Cospas-Sarsat operates.

McMurdo said it was awarded a $3 million contract from the Coast Guard to supply as many as 16,000 FastFind 220 personal locator beacons during the next five years.

FastFind 220 PLBs, which have a compact, handheld design, are used to notify emergency personnel during a land, air or water emergency in remote or high-risk environments, using the 406MHz frequency, McMurdo said.

Once it is activated, the PLB transmits a distress signal containing unique beacon identification information and location data via the international search and rescue satellite system operated by Cospas-Sarsat.

McMurdo said the signal is then quickly passed to regional search and rescue authorities that can rapidly respond to the emergency.

“This award is a major validation of the products and technologies that fortify McMurdo’s position as the global leader in emergency readiness and response,” Mark Ciancolo, general manager of McMurdo’s aerospace, defense and government programs, said in a statement. “We are honored to provide a solution that enhances the safety of crewmembers who risk their lives daily.”

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