Project Lifesaver

 


 

WHAT IS PROJECT LIFESAVER?

Project Lifesaver is a 501 (C)(3) community based, public safety, non-profit organization that provides law enforcement, fire/rescue, and caregivers with a program designed to protect, and when necessary, quickly locate individuals with cognitive disorders who are prone to the life threatening behavior of wandering. The organization was founded in 1999 in Chesapeake, Virginia. The necessity of this program was determined through the correlation between cognitive conditions and the act of wandering. With the dramatic increase of cognitive conditions since the inception of the organization, the program has grown from a localized program to a program recognized internationally as a proven and effective method of “bringing loved ones home.”

HOW DOES THE PROJECT LIFESAVER PROGRAM WORK?

The Project Lifesaver Program is run at a municipality level by public safety agencies. When an agency decides to implement the program, Project Lifesaver International will equip them with the necessary technologies and provide training to those involved. The training includes the use of the equipment, the implementation of the strategic methods specifically designed for the program, and also community policing courses that provide a basic understanding of cognitive conditions to better comprehend the behaviors of an individual with said condition. Also included during training is the use of the PLS Database, which is a useful resource provided to member agencies at no cost. Completion of training is required for certification. Once an agency has become certified, they may begin acquiring clients for their local program.

The method relies on proven radio technology and specially trained search and rescue teams. Citizens enrolled in Project Lifesaver wear a small transmitter on the wrist or ankle that emits an individualized frequency signal. If an enrolled client goes missing, the caregiver notifies their local Project Lifesaver agency, and a trained emergency team responds to the wanderer’s area. The first responders will then use the client’s individualized frequency to locate the position of the individual. The knowledge given from the community policing courses is best applied in this situation because the first responders will know how to best approach the client once found, and allow them to be brought back to safety.

 

 

 

There are currently 10 active clients’ both children and adults enrolled in the program throughout the County. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has been involved with Project Lifesaver since 2011. All of our Shift Commanders (First Sergeants) have been trained and are equipped to respond in the event of a call to one of our client’s residence. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office also has a land search team consisting of members from local Fire Departments and the Sheriff’s Office which have had training.

 

The PLI 3000 is the latest generation of radio frequency tracking receivers. The PLI 3000 is compatible with all existing Project Lifesaver search and rescue equipment and transmitters currently deployed in the field.

The PLI 3000 operates off of a 9 volt battery and has the capability to work in the 215-218MHz bands.  The range of the PLI 3000 is approximately one mile in on-the-ground searches and 5-7 miles in searches by helicopter. The Project Lifesaver transmitting wrist or ankle bracelet emits a Radio Frequency signal every second, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for a full 60 days. A trained team member from the Sheriff’s Office will contact the caregiver every 2 months to come out and check the transmitter and change the battery.

Project Lifesaver utilizes Radio Frequency technology because this is the tried and true technology of choice by law enforcement professionals for this specific type of search and rescue operation because, unlike cellular and GPS technology, its signal does not rely on fragile cellular networks or satellite signals that are weather dependent. Radio Frequency technology is reliable and can track an individual who wanders during adverse weather conditions, in water, in a densely wooded area, in a concrete or steel structure, or in a building.

The PLI 3000 can be used interchangeably with either an Omni or a Yagi antenna depending on the situation. A Yagi antenna is a unidirectional antenna and an omni antenna is an antenna which radiates power uniformly in all directions. The yagi antenna configuration uniquely combines with the PLI 3000 receiver to create a compact single unit allowing the operator to free up one hand while searching.

The only cost associated with Project Lifesaver is we request $40/every 2 months to cover the cost of the batteries. The money is put into an account we have with Project Lifesaver to maintain the equipment needs for the program.

 

For additional Information you can contact Lt. Jordan Cody 704 268.3041 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.projectlifesaver.org