“Keep our loved ones safety on-track”
SEARCH & RESCUE SERVICE TO PROTECT THOSE w/COGNITIVE CONDITIONS WHO WANDER
"45 % of wandering cases end tragically in death if the person is not located within 24 hours!"
"I am pleased to announce an important program that will help make
Chautauqua County safer for families with special needs...
Former Sheriff Joseph A. Gerace
Former Sheriff Joseph A. Gerace
Deputy Korinne Best
Deputy Michael Ross
The mission of PLS is to provide timely response to save lives for adults and children who wander due to Autism, Alzheimer, traumatic brain injuries or other related cognitive conditions.
Clients are fitted with a bracelet which emits a specific frequency which deputy sheriffs are able to locate by a special tracking antenna. The Sheriff’s Office currently has two certified deputies sheriffs who are training in locating and equipping clients with these special bracelets. The client and family will be interviewed by the program deputy and the deputy will be permanently assigned to the client and will be responsible for battery installation and technical issues.
With currently over 5 million Americans who suffer from Alzheimer and Autism as the fast growing developmental disability, this program can be an important component to the safety of these vulnerable citizens. The task of searching for wandering or lost individuals can be enormous. Without effective procedures and equipment, searches can involve multiple agencies, hundreds of officers, countless man hours and thousands of dollars. More importantly, because time is of the essence, every minute lost increases the risk of a tragic outcome. Project Lifesaver is an important tool for the Sheriff’s Office in finding our most vulnerable population.
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Currently 5.4 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s
As many as 16 million cases expected by 2050
Wandering is the most life-threatening behavior associated with 59% of all Alzheimer’s patients
Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability
Autism afflicts 1 in every 88 children... autism can also cause children to wander
Clients enrolled in the service wear a wrist-watch sized radio transmitter on their wrist or ankle. The transmitter constantly emits a Radio Frequency signal, which can be tracked regardless of where the person has wandered—even into a densely wooded area, a marsh, a concrete structure such as a garage, or a building constructed with steel. When a loved one goes missing, caregivers notify locally trained agencies and they are dispatched to the wanderer’s area and the average rescue time remains around 30 minutes.
Project Lifesaver International, the leading organization in electronic search & rescue (SAR) programs, conducted training & certification of our Deputies Their training includes teaching public safety officials how to use the equipment and how to gain the trust of and communicate with people who wander, as well as to ensure that caregivers are well versed in the program – all of which are essential to a successful rescue.
The task of searching for wandering or lost individuals with Alzheimer's, autism, Down syndrome, dementia or other cognitive conditions is a growing and serious responsibility. Without effective procedures and equipment, searches can involve multiple agencies, hundreds of officers, countless man hours and thousands of dollars. More importantly, because time is of the essence, every minute lost increases the risk of a tragic outcome.