A new program may assist in increasing safety for people who are at risk to wander.
Saskatoon Search and Rescue (SSAR), with financial assistance from the Saskatoon Police Service Foundation and support from the Saskatoon Police Service, is launching Project Lifesaver Saskatoon.
For many years SSAR has utilized volunteers to provide search and rescue efforts and assistance to organizations such as the Saskatoon Police Service, the Saskatoon Emergency Measures Organization, and the RCMP. Over the past four years, almost ¾ of their activations have involved individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia, autism or other cognitive disorders that are known to cause wandering.
Project Lifesaver is a program that may help to reduce those numbers. A participant in the Project Lifesaver program wears a wristband that emits an individualized radio-frequency signal. In the event that a participant wanders, SSAR members who are trained as Electronic Search Specialists enter the frequency into a receiver and can use the signal to search for, and locate, the missing person.
Initial funding for the project came from fundraising initiatives conducted by the Saskatoon Police Service Foundation. The Foundation is an incorporated, not-for-profit, community-led organization. It is dedicated to raising funds to support projects that contribute to community safety. Additional funding came from Dakota Dunes Community Development Corporation, SaskTel and the SaskTel TelCare program, as well as individual donations.
The media is invited to join Saskatoon Search and Rescue, the Saskatoon Police Service Foundation, and the Saskatoon Police Service as they launch this program on Wednesday, January 17, 10:30 a.m., in the SPS Media Room.
For more information on:
Project Lifesaver Saskatoon
Saskatoon Search and Rescue
Saskatoon Police Foundation
Project Lifesaver International