Project Lifesaver Training

Electronic Search Specialists Lew Baker and Doug Rose from Madison County Emergency Management & Department of Homeland Security speak with Kerry Kane at Maplewood Cemetery during training on Sunday of the Project Lifesaver system.

Project Lifesaver is a nationwide safety program for residents with disorders that make them susceptible to unsafe wandering away from their caregivers. Most times, that involves children and adults living with autism, Alzheimer’s or Downs Syndrome. Madison County rejoined Project Lifesaver International in January of this year under the leadership of the Sheriffs Department. EMA, local fire and police departments, and Community Hospital Anderson Foundation formed an effective partnership to make the program available for these vulnerable populations.

In Sunday’s training exercise, Kane, a Nurse Practitioner with specialized experience in elder care, played the role of a person living with Alzheimer’s who walked away from caregivers while visiting a local pharmacy. Using the unique radio frequency each Project Lifesaver client is assigned and wears on their body, Baker and Rose used specially designed receiver equipment and located her sitting among monuments in Anderson’s Maplewood Cemetery. The search was successfully accomplished with her being found in just over 30 minutes from time it began and within a mile from where she was last seen at the pharmacy.

To qualify for Project Lifesaver Madison County, clients must be residents of the county, have a medically certified condition that makes them susceptible to wandering, and require constant caregiver supervision. Thanks to generous support from Community Hospital Anderson, their Foundation, and Children’s Bureau Inc, financial assistance is available to help pay the one-time $300 equipment costs. There is no ongoing expense to be on Project Lifesaver.

Questions about the program or how you can provide financial support can be directed to our Community Policing line at 765-646-9250.