The incidences of people lost has been growing lately and it couldn’t have come at a better time than now that the Project Lifesaver be expanded.
Project Lifesaver is a radio tracking system meant to help searchers locate people prone to wandering, including those with Alzheimer’s, autism and down syndrome.
Four-year-old Leah Grisdale, who was born with down’s syndrome, was the first in the area to receive a bracelet in 2012. She has been wearing it 24 hours a day. It emits a signal specifically assigned to her. Randy Roy of the Sault Search and Rescue says that if lost, this piece of equipment will cut search and find time down to approximately 30 minutes instead of the usual 5 to 24 hours or more.
When asked why the expansion now, Sergeant Keith Nicolle stated that with Alzheimers growing at the rate that it is, it is the appropriate time.
Anyone interested in purchasing this piece of equipment is asked to call the Sault Search and Rescue at 705-759-5878. There is a cost to enter the program to cover the cost of the bracelet along with a monthly maintenance fee.