FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — The Fayette County Sheriff's Department and the Fayette County Fire Association received special equipment that will allow them to quickly and efficiently locate people who are prone to wandering off.
The program and equipment are part of Project Life Saver (PLS), which uses radio tracking equipment to locate people with cognitive disorders who have tendencies or the potential to wander, exposing them to potential dangers.
The system originated in Chesapeake, Va. in 1999.
A release from the Fayette County Sheriff's Department said the fire service is funding the program start-up cost through the use of the fire levy. The program will be provided without charge to Fayette County residents.
To date, PLS has been credited with 3,459 rescues.
The sheriff's department will begin accepting participants on Monday, Aug. 13. If you are interested, you may contact the sheriff's department on Facebook or at 304-574-4216.