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2013 Year End Summary

Project Lifesaver

Project Lifesaver is an innovative, rapid response program aiding victims and families suffering from Alzheimer's disease and related disorders such as Downs syndrome and Autism.

By forming partnerships with local law enforcement and public safety organizations, Project Lifesaver deploys specially trained teams with the most reliable technology available to quickly locate and return wandering adults and children to their families and caregivers.  Rockingham County Sheriff's Office Project Lifesaver is staffed by Rockingham County Sheriff's Deputies.

Project Lifesaver relies on proven radio technology and a specially trained search and rescue team.  People who are part of Project Lifesaver wear a personalized wristband that emits a tracking signal.  When caregivers notify the local Project Lifesaver agency that the person is missing, a search and rescue team responds to the wanderer's area and starts searching with the mobile locater tracking system.  Search times have been reduced from hours and days to minutes.  Recovery times average less than 30 minutes. 

The Project Lifesaver bracelet is much more than a passive ID bracelet.  It is a one-ounce battery operated radio wrist transmitter emitting an automatic tracking signal every second, 24 hours a day.  The signal is tracked on the ground up to 1 mile or in the air up to 10 miles.  As each bracelet has a unique radio frequency, the Project Lifesaver search team positively locates and identifies the person who has wandered away from home or a care facility.

For more information or to enroll contact:

Investigator A.L. Atwood

Phone: (540) 564-3837

E-mail: aatwood@rockinghamcountyva.gov