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Partners Receive New Project Lifesaver Equipment

Friday, August 7, 2015
by Gwynn Stewart

Sheriffs’ Office Partners Receive New Project Lifesaver Equipment

Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley Regional Development District (Buckeye Hills-HVRDD) is pleased to announce that the Sheriff’s Offices across Southeast Ohio will receive new equipment through nearly $13,350 in grants and contributions to the Project Lifesaver program serving Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Morgan, Monroe, Noble, Perry and Washington Counties.

Shown above at the Project Lifesaver Celebration are representatives from each of the 8 counties and the Buckeye Hills staff and Executive Committee.

In Southeast Ohio, Project Lifesaver is a partnership with each County Sheriff’s Office and the Buckeye Hills Area Agency on Aging 8.  Project Lifesaver technology helps find people with a cognitive disorder such as Alzheimer’s disease or Autism when they wander from a caregiver. Clients are outfitted with a transmitter-about the size of a watch-worn on the wrist or ankle. Should the client wander, the caregiver notifies 911 and the Sheriff’s Office begins a search immediately using Project Lifesaver equipment. Without the technology, searches can last hours or days. Besides saving lives and injuries, shortening searches also save law enforcement agencies money by reducing the manpower and equipment necessary to perform searches.

“The national average rescue time using Project Lifesaver equipment is about 30 minutes”, said Cathy Ash, from the Area Agency on Aging 8 in Marietta, Ohio. She is also a National Instructor for Project Lifesaver International. “People with cognitive disorders can disappear in an instant,” she said. “These individuals can have very attentive caregivers but the caregivers have to sleep, take a shower, do laundry, cook supper or run out to the garage,” said Ash. “It can happen that quickly.”

Ash added that the Project Lifesaver program has been in place for 11 years yet the equipment has not been updated with new and improved technology since 2007.

“We are thankful to the many regional foundations and donors who have made providing our partners with updated technology possible,” added Ash.

The regional program received grants from the following Foundations: Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, Athens Community Foundation, Marietta Community Foundation, and the Noble Co. Community Foundation. Donations were received from Buckeye Hills-HVRDD and the Meigs, Noble, and Washington Co. Sheriff’s Offices.

About Project Lifesaver: Project Lifesaver started in Chesapeake, Virginia, in 1999 and now has over 1,400 participating agencies throughout 48 states in the U.S., Canada, and Australia, and has performed over 3000 searches over the last 16 years with no serious injuries or fatalities ever reported.

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