McMurdo to provide PLBs to U.S. Coast Guard
McMurdo will supply the USCG with up to 16,000 FastFind® 220 PLBs over the next five years
McMurdo, Inc. has been awarded a US$3 million contract with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) to supply up to 16,000 FastFind® 220 personal locator beacons (PLBs) over the next five years to enhance crew safety in the event of emergencies.
“For 226 years, the U.S. Coast Guard has protected America’s waterways, defended its borders and saved those in peril,” said Mark Cianciolo, general manager of McMurdo’s aerospace, defence and government programs. “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. We are honoured to provide a solution that enhances the safety of crew members who risk their lives daily.”
With a compact, handheld design, the FastFind 220 is used to notify emergency personnel during a land, air or water emergency in remote or high-risk environments using the 406MHz frequency. Once 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. The signal is then quickly passed to regional search and rescue authorities who can rapidly respond to the emergency.
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