SURREY (NEWS 1130) — South Fraser Search and Rescue is spreading the phrase about —and raising funds to purchase— wristbands that they are saying make it simpler, and quicker to search out folks with dementia or different cognitive impairment who go lacking.
On Wednesday, they are saying the Project LifeSaver know-how helped them discover a lacking particular person inside an hour.
Sean Magnusson, with Mission Lifesaver Decrease Mainland and South Fraser SAR, explains the know-how.
“The particular person can put on it, wither on a wrist or an ankle and it sends out a sign about each second and a half to 2 seconds on a radio frequency and the search and rescue workforce, on this case, Scout Fraser Search and Rescue, can come out and really find that particular person,” he says, including that the machine is designed to be work 24/7 and maps motion.
Realizing somebody’s location makes it potential for crews to look in smaller areas with smaller crews.
He says the know-how is beneficial for, “Anyone that will go wandering or get misplaced or overlook the place they’re.”
When an individual purchases and registers a tool, a photograph of them in addition to details about their medical historical past is entered right into a database so in the event that they go lacking, rescuers can simply discover out who they’re on the lookout for.
Within the Decrease Mainland, South Fraser SAR coordinates this system.
That includes getting searches acquainted with the know-how.
“Once we’re coaching the search and rescue folks we really prepare them to search out the hidden transmitters. So we’d take a transmitter, cover it in a flower mattress, cover it on the criminal of a tree, below stuff after which they really have to have the ability to discover that unit,” Magnusson explains.
If somebody regigstered within the system goes lacking in one other a part of the Decrease Mainland, South Fraser SAR is notified and known as in to assist.
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Magnusson says coordination the system additionally includes connecting with purchasers and caregivers, and describes what he has accomplished when somebody new indicators on to this system.
“I went out, I met with him and the caregivers. We put the unit on him in order that he understood what it was, what’s there, we acquired all of the background data that we may, images that type of factor,” he says.
This system additionally retains observe of when batteries want changing, and Magnusson will go to program members when batteries have to be modified.
Though Magnusson says many may gain advantage, the quantity of people that even have these wristbands is small. In Canada and the U.S. about 3,400 individuals who use the know-how have gone lacking, and he says they have been all discovered secure.
Nonetheless, he estimates about 30 – 40 individuals are registered within the Decrease Mainland.
“There’s a price to it, and that’s one of many large issues,” he factors out.
The preliminary funding is about $540, and batteries price about $25 every month.
“It makes life a lot simpler on the search and rescue groups and clearly for the households. There’s a variety of households we now have and I’ve gotten a variety of letters from completely different members of the family. One of many issues they are saying is as soon as they’re on the system, the caregiver, their most typical remark is, ‘Now I get an opportunity to breathe for a couple of minutes.’ They know there’s a backup, they know there’s a system in place.”
With recordsdata from Renee Bernard
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