Safety appliances provider McMurdo will supply 16,000 FastFind 220 personal locator beacons to the United States Coast Guard (USCG). The handheld beacons are used to notify emergency personnel during a water emergency in remote or high-risk environments using the 406MHz frequency. Once activated, the locator transmits a signal containing beacon identification information and location data via the international search and rescue satellite system operated by Cospas-Sarsat. The signal is then passed to regional search and rescue authorities who can rapidly respond to the emergency.
The US$3 million award is an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract with a base year and four one-year options. McMurdo claims to manufacture nearly 25% of the world’s emergency distress beacons and approximately 50% of the Cospas-Sarsat search and rescue infrastructure globally.