Guilford Police and Firefighters trained in Project Lifesaver Program

July 17, 2014

The Guilford Police Department is proud to announce that 12 officers and

supervisors and 75 Guilford Fire Department personnel have been trained on the

Project Lifesaver program. Project Lifesaver began as a pilot program back in

1999 which utilizes a transmitter on the wrist or ankle of an adult or child who

wanders due to Autism, Down syndrome, Alzheimer’s, Dementia, or other

cognitive conditions. Both the fire department and police department are now

equipped with hand held units to track the missing and endangered child or adult

that has wandered from home through the transmitter. These cases can have a

high mortality rate and Guilford is eager to take a proactive approach to making

sure loved ones find their way home safely. The program was initiated by a local

resident who was able to raise the funds to establish the program, train the

personnel and provide the equipment. Each transmitter costs roughly $300 which

is paid for by the family. The batteries and band material are changed every 30

days by the officers. The program has proven very effective especially if the

caretakers or parents call at the moment they realize their loved one is missing. If

you have a family member that would qualify for this program or are interested in

making a tax free donation to the program, please contact the Guilford Police

Department Crime Prevention at 203-453-8061 X 236.

 

For more information on this program click here

 

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