Project Lifesaver in Marion County
The Marion County Sheriff's Office and the Marion County Search and Rescue Teams are part of
Project Lifesaver International ("PLI") , a program designed for individuals suffering from developmental or dementia-type disorders that are prone to wander. PLI provides a tool to help us find and rescue missing loved ones.
How it Works
Program participants wear a personalized bracelet which emits a tracking signal on an individualized FM radio frequency. Each participant's bracelet transmitter is assigned a radio frequency that is unique both to them and to their geographical area.
When a Project Lifesaver participant is determined to be missing, a caregiver will contact the Sheriff's Office via 911. Trained deputies will immediately respond to search for the missing person using PLI’s radio-frequency tracking equipment.
In order to qualify, the participant must:
Live in Marion County;
Be diagnosed by a certified physician as having Alzheimer's Disease, other dementia disorders, Autism, Down Syndrome or other similar disorders; and
Be known to wander away from caregivers.
In order to participate, caregivers must agree to:
Test the participant's radio transmitter battery daily
Check the condition of the bracelet daily
Maintain a monthly log sheet provided by the Project Lifesaver Team
Notify the Marion County Sheriff's Office Project Lifesaver Team promptly if there are any problems with the equipment
Most importantly, call 911 immediately if a Project Lifesaver participant goes missing
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There are costs associated with participating in the Project Lifesaver Program. Donations are needed to supply bracelets and support for those who do not have the financial resources to participate, but need to be protected.
To find out how you or your organization can donate to Marion County’s Project Lifesaver program, please contact our Project Lifesaver Coordinator at 503-584-4768.
For more information or to sign up for Project Lifesaver at the Marion County Sheriff's Office, please contact our Project Lifesaver Coordinator, Barbara Dickson, at 503-584-4768 or firstname.lastname@example.org