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Sault Search and Rescue Launches Project Lifesaver

LOCAL2 Staff for local2 sault ste. marie
September 14th, 2012 at 12:48pm | Last Updated at 12:49pm



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Sault Ste Marie Police Servied Chief Robert Davies, Randy Roy of Sault Search and Rescue and MPP David Orazietti
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David Orazietti, MPP was joined by representatives from Sault Search and Rescue for the launch of Project Lifesaver, an active response system designed to locate and rescue individuals who have a tendency to wander.



“The implementation of Project Lifesaver in our community will enhance the safety of individuals with conditions such as autism and Alzheimer’s disease by reducing the amount of time it takes to locate persons who have wandered from home,” said Orazietti. “This program equips our local first responders with new technology and training that will result in greater efficiency in searches and greater peace of mind for families.”



Project Lifesaver uses radio transmitting bracelets to quickly locate individuals with cognitive disorders who are at constant risk to the life threatening behavior of wandering including those with Alzheimer’s disease, Autism, and Down Syndrome. The program provides first responders with a comprehensive program including equipment and training to quickly locate and rescue “at risk” individuals.



The province is contributing $6,000 through the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) to purchase equipment and train volunteers to implement Project Lifesaver in Sault Ste. Marie. Additional support for the project is being provided by Feifel Broadbent and Gulazzi, personal injury lawyers, the Downtown Kiwanis and the Rotary Club of Sault Ste Marie.



“The contribution of funds for Project Lifesaver have allowed for the purchase of the Project Lifesaver equipment and training that will enhance the search operations in the community for those who are at risk of wandering,” said Randy Roy, First Vice-President of Sault Search and Rescue. “The Sault Search and Rescue appreciates the support of the Trillium Fund, Feifel Broadbent and Gulazzi, The Downtown Kiwanis and the Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie.”





QUICK FACTS:



Sault Search and Rescue is on call 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year
Project Lifesaver is an international program with over 1,200 participating agencies throughout the US, Canada and Australia
The program has performed 2,568 searches in the last 13 years with no serious injuries or fatalities ever reported
Project Lifesaver provides equipment, training, certification and support to law enforcement, public safety organizations and community groups



A leading grantmaker in Canada, The Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities. www.trilliumfoundation.org



Provincial investments through The Ontario Trillium Foundation in Sault Ste. Marie since 2003 total over $4.5 million and include organizations such as:



$250,000 Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre
$173,000 Sault Youth Association
$ 98,700 Community Living Algoma
$ 77,300 Soo Pee Wee Association
$ 75,000 Sault Ste. Marie Skatepark
$ 68,500 Learning Disabilities Association SSM
$ 67,500 Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie
$ 60,000 Sault Ste. Marie Symphony Association
$ 60,000 Soo Finnish Nordic Ski Club
$ 50,000 Tarentorus Sports Club
$ 53,000 United Way of SSM
$ 30,000 Searchmont Ski Runners
$ 30,000 Family YMCA Sault Ste. Marie
$ 27,600 Echoes Drum Festival Sault Ste. Marie
$ 15,000 St. Mary’s River Marine Heritage Centre
$ 14,500 Art Gallery of Algoma

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