Giles County Project Lifesaver Program to receive $6,000 grant from Alzheimer’s Foundation of America

Giles County Project Lifesaver Program to receive $6,000 grant from Alzheimer’s Foundation of America

 

The Giles County Sheriff’s Office, Narrows Police Department, and Giles County Emergency Services are pleased to announce a partnership with The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America as a funder and partner to update and expand the Project Lifesaver International Program in Giles County.

 

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America has awarded a $6,000 grant award to the Giles County Project Lifesaver Program. The award will fund a project with the goals of updating obsolete tracking equipment, eliminating annual expenses incurred by current individuals enrolled in the program, and eliminating startup costs faced by individuals whom are interested in enrolling in the program.

 

The mission of the Project Lifesaver International program is “bringing loved ones home” it is a program that is designed to serve as a tool for first responders to quickly locate individuals with cognitive disorders who are prone to the life threatening behavior of wandering. The method relies on proven radio technology and specially trained search and rescue teams. Citizens enrolled in Project Lifesaver wear a small transmitter that emits an individualized frequency 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. The first responders will then use the client’s individualized frequency to locate the position of the individual.

 

The Giles County Project Lifesaver Program was established in 2008, and has since grown into a partnership between the Giles County Sheriff’s Office, the Narrows Police Department, and Giles County Emergency Services. The program is primarily maintained by the Sheriff’s Office with operational support coming both Narrows Police Department and Giles County Emergency Services. The program currently has 4 individuals enrolled, and the program has 8 specially trained ground search specialists that represent each of the agencies that participate in the program.

 

Investigator Zach Collins of the Giles County Sheriff’s office, and Director of the Giles County Project Lifesaver Program stated, “We are very grateful to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America for their generous award to our program, this gives us an opportunity to both improve and expand our program, greatly improving the services we can offer to Giles County. The project funded will improve technologies available to the ground search specialists in an effort to reduce overall search times, cover annual maintenance costs faced by current individuals in the program, and expand the program to 4 new individuals with no startup costs to the newly enrolling individuals.”

 

The Giles County Project Lifesaver Program will be accepting 4 new individuals to be enrolled in the program. Qualifying individuals will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. For more information or to enroll, contact Investigator Collins at the Giles County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Contact:                                 Investigator Z.A. Collins

 

Phone:                                    540-921-3842

 

Email:                                     zcollins@gilessheriff.org

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