Winter is officially here, and that means things are about to get real for ski slope rescue teams. While all teams train in hopes they’ll never need to put their skills and training to the test, the reality is, they do so multiple times in any given season.
The other reality is that there is always room for improvement. One thing your team can do to operate more effectively throughout an active ski season is to improve your communications capabilities with push to talk two-way radios.
These are just a few ways they can help you operate more efficiently throughout the ski season.
Improve Sled to Sled Communications
Coordinating efforts over large areas during search and rescue operations require effective communications. Push to talk two-way radios allow you to communicate instantly, with the push of a button, over large, open areas. That means you can communicate with the main base of operations as well as with other operators in the field so that everyone is on the same page.
SOS Alert Notifications
In some weather conditions, the risk is as great to the rescue teams as those you’re attempting to rescue. Accidents and injuries may occur, and two-way radios allow your rescue teams to relay information about their own emergencies, as well as directing rescue helicopters to exact coordinates if needed when you find the person or people you’re attempting to rescue. This saves valuable time and can, in many situations, get the right kind of help to where it is needed more expeditiously.
Search and rescue teams face harsh weather conditions, wind, snow, water, and more during the average day. Not to mention, more than a few drops and spills. It’s important that the radios you take on your rescue operations are equipped to deal with the rugged conditions and treatment they may encounter. One way to do this is by comparing IP ratings. It’s a two number system that represents the resistance of devices to water (the first number) and debris, such as rocks, sand, etc. (the second number).
Long Battery Life
Some push to talk two-way radio batteries are longer lasting than others. Some radios come equipped with batteries that operate 10 or more hours, which can be critical during search and rescue operations that may take longer than expected. The other consideration is additional batteries and backups that are available for most batteries, as well as chargers that can work with snowmobiles other search and rescue equipment to help extend the life of your batteries.
Compare multiple Peak PTT two-way radios to find the one that offers the best fit for your needs. Feel free to call us at 855-600-6161 if you have any questions about our radios, accessories or services.