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Project Lifesaver is a Search and Rescue system using radio transmitters and electronic tracking equipment. The transmitter bracelet is worn by individuals with cognitive disabilities. Specially trained Deputies conduct the searches.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM PROJECT LIFESAVER?
Many, but not all, with a diagnosis of:
Traumatic brain injury
Other cognitive disabilities and have a potential to wander
Statistics and information:
April 1999 to March 2014, throughout the United States and Canada, there have been over 2,801 Project Lifesaver rescues; with the average rescue time being under 30 minutes with no deaths or serious injuries. West Virginia became the 42nd state to join Project Lifesaver International in June, 2005. As of March 2014, Project Lifesaver is in 42 West Virginia counties. As participating agency for Project Lifesaver in West Virginia, there have been 42 successful searches without serious injury or loss of life.
Wood County has been designated as 1 of only 6 Project Lifesaver Airborne Search and Rescue training facilities in the United States. Use of a helicopter or other aircraft dramatically increases the search range, enhancing an already effective ground search capability. Wood County and West Virginia State Police helicopter support is available for Project Lifesaver searches anywhere in the State of West Virginia.
Because the equipment is paid for through tax deductible donations, the monthly maintenance cost to the client is only $10.00 per month.
For more information or if you would like to donate to this worthwhile project, please contact:
Deputy A.D. Bise, Project Coordinator
Russell Kirk, Assistant Coordinator
Monongalia County Sheriff's Office - (304) 291-7260
PACE Enterprises, Inc. is the fiscal agent for Project Lifesaver in Monongalia County.
If you wish to donate, we are requesting that you make your checks payable to:
"Project Lifesaver/PACE Enterprises Inc." and make sure to indicate "donation" on the memo line.
Please mail yours checks to: PACE Enterprises Inc. 889 Mylan Park Lane, Morgantown, WV 26501 to the Attention of PROJECT Lifesaver.