The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office has received $2,850 in donations from residents in the last six months, which is getting them closer to launching the program.
Project Lifesaver helps track those who are at risk for wandering such as those with Alzheimer's autism, Down Syndrome and dementia.
Project Lifesaver International, will conduct mandatory training and certification, management and support to the sheriff's office, according to the BCSO. Training involves learning how to use the equipment and get the word out with outreach programs for caregivers and those at risk for wandering.
The service involves clients wearing a wristwatch sized radio transmitter on their wrist or ankle. The device emits a radio frequency signal, which can be tracked regardless of where the person has wandered, according to the BCSO. So when a person goes missing trained agencies and staff can be dispatched to the client's location. The average rescue time remains at about 30 minutes, according to the BCSO.
For more information about the program or to donate, contact SSgt. K. Light at 843.255.3410 at the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.
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