The Wayne Township Fire Department offers a free service for Wayne Township residents who are caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease, autism, or other conditions that make them more likely to wander away from caregivers. Project Lifesaver transmitters can help rescuers find a loved one who has wandered away using radio frequency signals.
Project Lifesaver is an international non-profit organization, consisting of public safety agencies who participate in the program and offer its services to their community members. Project Lifesaver relies on proven radio technology and a specially trained search and rescue team. Clients that are enrolled in the Project Lifesaver program wear a personalized wristband transmitter 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 locater tracking system. Search times have been reduced from hours and days to minutes. In over 2000 searches, there have been no reported serious injuries or deaths. Recovery times average less than 30 minutes.
Thank You to Our Sponsors!
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
The AFA awarded the Project Lifesaver of Wayne Township FD a $6,000 grant in the fall of 2020 to allow new clients to join free of charge into the program.
The Judy & Michael Harrington Family Foundation, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation
The Harrington Family donated $5,000 towards the purchase of new transmitters, allowing us to welcome 5 new clients into the program in August of 2020.
The Speedway Moose Lodge
The members of our local Moose Lodge rallied together and generously donated $1,600 to cover the costs of a new transmitter receiver for Station 84 apparatus to carry in case of PLS emergencies.
Enrolling a Loved One
To find out if you are eligible for enrollment, please fill out our interest form below. If eligible, an application will be provided, along with caregiver instructions, and the Project Lifesaver transmitter. The transmitter will be maintained when necessary and every 60 days by WTFD staff. If you have any questions, you can contact our Project Lifesaver Coordinator at 317-246-6229.
Supporting Project Lifesaver
To assist in keeping this as a free service to residents of Wayne Township, donations are appreciated for the program and the necessary equipment. Donations to Project Lifesaver of Wayne Township Fire Department can be sent to: Wayne Township Fire Department Inc. C/O Project Lifesaver of WTFD 700 N. High School Rd. Indianapolis, IN 46214
Please fill out our form below if interested in enrolling; one of our representatives will reach out to you shortly.
Resources & Tools for Caregivers
The firefighters at Station 84 participate in annual trainings to practice using Project Lifesaver equipment and rescue tactics. Trainings allow the station to keep up to date on their search and rescue certifications for PLS.