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Project Lifesaver

A public safety program designed to protect and locate persons lost due to wandering.

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For individuals of any age with...

  • Alzheimer's
  • Autism
  • Downs Syndrome
  • Spectrum Disorders
  • Developmental Disabilities

Project Lifesaver is an active response to the problem of locating people who may not be able to find their way home - before they become victims. The average rescue time is less than 30 minutes.

A lost person with any kind of dementia or a developmental disability can be unaware of his or her situation. They may not call out for help or respond to people calling out to them.

The Project Lifesaver team is trained to approach a person with Alzheimer's disease or a developmental disability, gain their trust, and put them at ease for the trip home.

The Project Lifesaver transmitter wristband is more than a positive ID wristband. It is a one-ounce, battery operated, wrist radio transmitter that emits an automatic tracking signal every second, 24 hours a day. The signal can be tracked over several miles on the ground by members of the Wood County Sheriff's Office or from the air by helicopter.

Each wristband has a unique radio frequency that enables the Project Lifesaver search team, using a specially designed radio receiver, to positively identify and locate a person who has wandered away from home or become separated in a public place. People participating in the Project Lifesaver program wear a personalized wristband that emits a constant tracking signal (tracked only when activated by a missing persons report). Specially trained search teams have reduced the time it takes to locate a missing person from days and hours to only minutes.

Members of the Sheriff's Office are trained in rescue operations and proper maintenance of equipment. If you are interested in learning more about the program please contact WCCOA at 419-353-5661 or the Wood Co. Sherriff's Office at 419-354-9348.

Last modified: Monday January 25 2016