Project Lifesaver, the effort to fund a rapid response program that will aid victims and families suffering from Alzheimer's disease and related disorders such as Down's syndrome and autism in Pacific County, is gaining momentum and moving forward.

Project Lifesaver relies on radio technology and a specially trained search and rescue team. People who are part of the program wear a personalized wristband that emits a tracking signal. When a caregiver notifies 911 that the person is missing, a search and rescue team can respond to the wanderer's area and begin searching with the mobile locater tracking system. In communities where Project Lifesaver programs are implemented, search times have been reduced to an average recovery time of less than 30 minutes.

A local committee is working to raise $8,000 to fund such a system in Pacific County. Any person wishing to donate to Project Lifesaver can support the effort by dropping off their donation to any branch of The Bank of Pacific or the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency Office. Checks should be made out to the Pacific County District No. 1 Firefighters Association with the notation "Project Lifesaver" in the memo field.

Questions regarding the project can be directed to the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency at 642-9340 or (360) 875-9340.

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