Project Lifesaver provides public safety agencies and caregivers with equipment and training to locate and rescue individuals who are prone to the life threatening behavior of wandering.
Bon Secours St. Francis Health System awarded GCFD a $20,000 grant to purchase equipment that will be provided to low-income families at no cost. Eligible applicants will receive a Project Lifesaver kit, which includes a small transmitter that can be worn on the wrist or ankle. The transmitter emits a unique frequency 24 hours a day and if the person becomes lost, trained emergency responders equipped with special receivers will be able to locate them.
City residents who receive Medicaid, Medicare or SNAP benefits are eligible to receive a transmitter and a year's worth of batteries for free. Residents who do not meet the eligibility requirements can still participate in the program but will need to purchase their own transmitter.
Caregivers for persons with dementia, Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and other cognitive issues can apply online using the link below.
Apply for Project Lifesaver
For more information about Project Lifesaver, visit projectlifesaver.org.