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Project Lifesaver



How Project Lifesaver Works

People who are part of the Project Lifesaver program wear a personalized bracelet that emits a tracking signal.  When caregivers notify the local Project Lifesaver agency that the person is missing, a search and rescue team responds to the wanderer's area and starts searching with the mobile locater tracking system.  Search times have been reduced from hours and days to minutes.  In hundreds of searches, there have been no reported serious injuries or deaths.  Recovery times average less than 30 minutes.

The Project Lifesaver bracelet is much more than a passive ID bracelet.  It is a one-ounce battery-operated radio wrist transmitter emitting an automatic tracking signal every second, 24 hours a day.  The signal is tracked on the ground or in the air over several miles.  As each bracelet has a unique radio frequency, the Project Lifesaver search team positively locates and identifies the person who has wandered away from home or a care facility.

As significant as it is, technology is only a part of the story.  Members of the Project Lifesaver team are specially trained, not only in use of the electronic tracking equipment, but especially in the methods to communicate with a person who has Alzheimer's disease or related disorder.  Locating the individual is only part of the mission.  The person who is located will be disoriented, anxious, and untrusting.  The Project Lifesaver teams know how to approach the person, gain their trust and put them at ease for the trip back home.


Who Benefits From Project Lifesaver?

Project Lifesaver aids individuals and families affected by Alzheimer's disease and related disorders as well as individuals with autism, Down Syndrome and other related brain disorders.


                         Captain Tim Hop
                  Le Mars Police Department

                 Chief Deputy Craig Bartolozzi
                Plymouth County Sheriff's Office

Why Use Project Lifesaver?

  • Help is immediate
  • The missing can be located in minutes
  • Loved ones are spared hours of stress, confusion and dangers
  • Easy to wear and maintain bracelet
  • Saves thousands of search hours and tax dollars

Project Lifesaver, a nonprofit organization, is internationally recognized as an aggressive and proven program that saves lives.  It is an active response to the problem of locating wandering patients and family members before they fall victim to the elements or accidents.

To enroll, please contact:

Plymouth County Sheriff's Office
451 14th Avenue NE
Le Mars, IA  51031


Le Mars Police Department
22 2nd Street NE
Le Mars, IA  51031



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