The Greenville City Fire Department (GCFD) partnered with Bon Secours St. Francis Health System to launch Project Lifesaver.
The program provides caregivers with equipment and training to locate individuals with the life-threatening behavior of wandering. This includes individuals with Alzheimer’s, autism spectrum disorder, and Down syndrome.
Bon Secours St. Francis Health System awarded GCFD with a $20,000 grant to provide equipment for low-income families at no cost.
Eligible families will receive a Project Lifesaver kit, which includes a small transmitter that can be worn on the wrist or ankle. The device emits a frequency signal 24 hours a day. If the person goes missing, the caregiver can call 911 and provide the person’s frequency to locate them.
The grant from Bon Secours St. Francis Health System enabled GCFD to purchase 30 transmitters and four receivers.
Alex Garvey, Senior Vice President of Mission at Bon Secours St. Francis knows that ministry is done best in collaboration. “We are honored to partner with the Greenville City Fire Department to bring this needed technology to our area,” Garvey said in the press release.
Greenville residents who receive Medicaid, Medicare or SNAP benefits are eligible for a transmitter and a year’s worth of batteries at no charge.
Residents who do not meet the eligibility requirements can still participate in the program but must purchase or lease a transmitter directly from Project Lifesaver International.
Caregivers for persons with dementia, Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and other cognitive issues can apply online at http://fire.greenvillesc.gov/ProjectLifesaver or call 467-4450 for more information.