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Board OKs Project Lifesaver

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE Special to The Press in Local News

South Whitehall commissioners recently authorized the township police department to participate in the Project Lifesaver program and to take actions necessary for its implementation.

Project Lifesaver is a nonprofit, public safety organization that uses technology and wristband transmitters to locate wandering children or adults.

Patrol Officer Michelle Geiger commented on Project Lifesaver at the board’s Sept. 20 meeting.

“This is a program designed for patients with cognitive dysfunctions such as autism or Alzheimer’s,” Geiger said.

“They will wear a bracelet. If they wander, we can usually find them within the first 30 minutes.”

Geiger said they are looking to fund the program.

“Our ultimate goal is to provide this service to all who really need it,” Geiger said. “We will go out monthly to change the batteries and check the transmitters. We’ll meet with clients and caregivers.”

Enrollment in Project Lifesaver involves adoption of an agreement and standards by the police department.

All personnel taking part in the endeavor must complete operator training and must achieve certification by Project Lifesaver as an electronic search specialist.

Each client must have a caregiver who signs a Project Lifesaver agreement and who must acknowledge responsibility for supervision of the person wearing the transmitter bracelet.

The responsible party must make certain the device does not get removed and is in good working order.

The caregiver must test the item at least once a day and record results on a monthly inspection sheet.

If the enrolled person wanders off, the caregiver must immediately notify South Whitehall police by calling 911.

The township’s Project Lifesaver team will respond and search for the missing person.

If the caregiver does not comply with Project Lifesaver requirements, the client may be involuntarily removed from the program.

Geiger expressed enthusiasm for Project Lifesaver in South Whitehall.

According to Project Lifesaver information, the program was created to streamline search and rescue procedures and to help save lives.

Board President Christina “Tori” Morgan stated South Whitehall police are already involved in training for the program.