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The Mason County Sheriff's Department

Call 304-675-3838 for questions or to sign up!

Dial 9-1-1 for emergencies

Project Lifesaver was established in April 1999 as an initiative of the 43rd Search and Rescue Company of the Chesapeake Sheriff's Office. Project Lifesaver's mission is to use state of the art technology in assisting those who care for victims of Alzheimer's and other Related Mental Dysfunction Disorders (ARMD) and victims who become lost. These victims include the elderly and even the youngest in our community who are afflicted with Down Syndrome and Autism. Clients of ARMD tend to wander from their homes. Project Lifesaver places personalized radio transmitters on identified persons with ARMD.  Project Lifesaver, a nonprofit organization, has become internationally recognized as an aggressive and proven program that saves lives. It is not a registry system. It is an active response to the problem of locating wandering patients before they fall victim to the elements, accidents or predators. If you have questions or would like to participate in the Project Lifesaver Program, please call the Mason County Sheriff's Office at 304-675-3838. 
projectlifesaverpendant.jpgPeople who are part of the Project Lifesaver program wear a personalized wristband that emits a tracking signal. When caregivers notify the local Project Lifesaver agency that the person is missing, a search and rescue team responds to the wanderer's area and starts searching with the mobile locator tracking system. Search times have been reduced from hours and days to minutes.  The Project Lifesaver wristband is much more than a passive ID bracelet.  It is a one-ounce battery-operated wrist transmitter emitting an automatic tracking signal every second, 24 hours a day.  The signal is tracked on the ground or in the air over several miles. As each wristband has a unique radio frequency, the Project Lifesaver search team positively locates and identifies the person who has wandered away from home or care facility.