Since 2006, the Office of the Sheriff has participated in the internationally operated Project Lifesaver Program. Project Lifesaver is the premier search and rescue program operated internationally by public safety agencies, and is strategically designed for “at risk” individuals who are prone to the life threatening behavior of wandering. The primary mission of Project Lifesaver is to provide timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children with the propensity to wander due to a cognitive condition.
As of today’s date, there are 31 active participants in our county. Six deputies are trained in the tracking of clients and they are referred to as the Project Lifesaver Emergency Response Team.
The Office of the Sheriff funds this program solely on the department’s annual calendar sales, and we are thankful to be able to provide this service at no cost to Franklin County residents. For more information on Project Lifesaver, please contact the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at (540) 483-3000.
Photo shows the equipment used in Project Lifesaver. On the left, the transmitter and bands. These are attached, normally to the patient’s ankle, with a band and the family/care giver is to check the battery status each day. On the right, is the device we use when we receive a call of a patient missing. An antenna, receiver box and headphones are used to locate the signal, which will alert our deputies to the approximate location. We also utilize the services of our bloodhounds and drones when necessary.