Wood County Sheriffs undergo training for 'Project Lifesaver'

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP)- Deputies with the Wood County Sheriff's office are undergoing training for 'Project Lifesaver'.

‘Project Lifesaver’ is a search and rescue system using tailored radio transmitters.

People with cognitive disabilities that tend to wander use these bracelets. That way if they get lost and confused law enforcement can find them.

It's used in 48 counties in West Virginia.

Counties in our area that participate in Project Lifesaver include: Athens, Pleasants, Meigs, Roane, Jackson, Mason, Gallia, Noble, Tyler, Morgan, Wood, Washington, Wirt.

Training includes learning how to maintain equipment, how to use when searching on foot and in vehicles.

Sue Patalano, State Coordinator of Project Lifesaver, states “Training is harder than real life searches because in real life there is a person attached to that transmitter, and so when you get fairly close you can see them. But they’re looking for a 1 inch transmitter, so it’s much more difficult, especially when we hide them in trees and stuff like that. We’ve had 17 successful searches in Wood County since 2005. The average search time nationally is 30 minutes or less.”

For more information on the program and where it is available, you can contact Captain Rob Sims at 304-424-1909. You can go to our Hot Button for additional information.

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