Eighteen Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies and a South Fork firefighter completed certification training on Project Lifesaver this past weekend.
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Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Press Release
LINCOLNTON, N.C. - Eighteen Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies and a South Fork firefighter completed certification training on Project Lifesaver this past weekend. The Lincoln County Land Search Team hosted the two-day class taught by certified instructors Lt. Jordan Cody of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Shaun Drum, a Battalion Chief with the Denver Fire Department.
Project Lifesaver is the premier search and rescue program operated internationally by public safety agencies and strategically designed for at risk individuals who are prone to the life-threatening behavior of wandering and becoming lost. It focuses on people that have medical problems causing them to wander such as Alzheimer’s, Autism, Down’s Syndrome and other conditions. The primary mission of Project Lifesaver is to provide timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children with a propensity to wander due to a cognitive condition. That’s where the Lincoln County Land Search team comes in. The team is a joint effort between law enforcement, emergency management and local fire departments in Lincoln County. The group’s mission is to provide qualified searchers to conduct planned search missions within Lincoln County to located the lost or missing person in a timely manner. The team is comprised of 22 members from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, South Fork Fire Department and Denver Fire Department. In addition, Lincoln County Emergency Services provides logistical support and resources during search operations.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office sponsors the Project Lifesaver program. Project Lifesaver features a battery operated transmitter attached to a band that can be worn by a child or adult. If the person is reported missing, the Land Search Team responds with a tracking system. Citizens enrolled in Project Lifesaver wear a small transmitter on the wrist or ankle that emits an individualized frequency signal. If an enrolled client goes missing, the caregiver notifies 911, 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 training gained from this weekend’s classes will aid in bringing the loved one back to safety. There is a $20.00 monthly fee to monitor clients, and the funds are used to refurbish transmitter bands, batteries and supplies for the equipment.
A trained representative from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office will meet with the client and caregiver once a month to ensure proper maintenance of equipment and replace batteries and bands. Clients’ records and profiles are kept on hard copy at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office as well as in the Project Lifesaver database for quick access and response.
For more information on Project Lifesaver please contact Lt. Jordan Cody 704 736-8866 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.