Currently, 1,200 agencies in 45 states participate in the program—police, sheriff, fire, public safety departments and other emergency responders. 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 tracking 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. Most who wander are found within a few miles from home, and search times have been reduced from hours and days to minutes. Recovery times for PLI clients average 30 minutes — 95% less time than standard operations.
Citizens, municipalities and local Alzheimer’s groups have tried to speed the rescue operation by creating registries and Silver Alert programs that provide first responders with identification information, physical descriptions and photographs of registrants. While this is a step in the right direction, the identification bracelets worn by the registrants in these programs can only facilitate the rapid return of the individual once they are found. This does not consider whether the person was found alive.
Project Lifesaver International (PLI) was founded by public safety officers themselves to bring about a solution that facilitates not just the speedy return of wanderers to their families upon being found but the actual rapid location of the wanderers themselves — a strategy that greatly increases the chance that the wanderer will be found alive.
Training for a new agency includes two days of on-site instruction for up to 15 people in your agency, provided by a State Coordinator (a law enforcement professional certified by PLI to train others) or by PLI’s own staff. PLI also provides one-day training for up to six officers to be trained as instructors and re-certify staff every two years. Each new agency will also receive training on Alzheimer’s and Autism, as well as other disorders, to help when responding to a missing client.
For information to join, please call Project Lifesaver at (757) 546-5502 . Costs may vary.
All agencies interested in starting the program must submit a Letter of Intent to Project Lifesaver International Headquarters. A sample letter is provided below for your convenience. Should you have any questions, please contact us at (757) 546-5502.
Sample Letter of Intent
(Must be on Departmental Letterhead)
(Can be faxed or mailed)
Please accept this letter of intent on behalf of (Agency or Organization) to join Project Lifesaver.
The contact person for our agency will be:
The shipping address for our agency is as follows:
City, State, Zip
The billing address for our agency is as follows:
City, State, Zip
Our agency would like to purchase the following equipment:
Our agency is being funded via (special grant, Pilot Club, etc.):
I understand that this amount does not include the travel expenses of the trainers.