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Ukazujem Revíziu 4 vytvorenú 02/08/2020 od Christopher Cooper.

  2. Project Lifesaver was implemented in 2002
  3. at the Lynchburg Sheriff's Office
  4. We wanted to offer this to the citizens
  5. of Lynchberg to give the caregivers
  6. and family members peace of mind that
  7. their loved ones can be found quickly
  8. Well I was a police officer in Chesapeake
  9. Virginia for 33 years
  10. One of my jobs was commanding officer of
  11. special operations which was
  12. SWAT and search and rescue.
  13. We were having a lot of recurring searches
  14. for Alzheimer's patients that had wandered
  15. and frankly we weren't doing a very
  16. good job of finding them.
  17. And I really was getting a little tired
  18. and disheartened about
  19. having to tell families that we were
  20. discontinuing the search or worse, that we
  21. had found them however
  22. Project Lifesaver, number one is a tool to
  23. help public safety personnel locate people
  24. that have a condition that would cause
  25. them to wander.
  26. It's not just equipment,
  27. that's the big thing
  28. We're not just a vendor or something,
  29. we're a programme.
  30. We have had 92 successful searches
  31. its a great feeling, its a great peace of
  32. mind for families and citizens of
  33. Lynchburg. We enjoy getting to know the
  34. families and building reports with
  35. them, so it really hits home when one
  36. wanders and you know more about them
  37. you have a bond with the family and
  38. the child or the adult.
  39. My fervent hope was to be able to find
  40. something that would help us in,
  41. making these searches more successful.
  42. I came across some information about
  43. wildlife tracking,
  44. and a thought occurred to me.
  45. If we can do this with wildlife,
  46. why can't we do it with people?
  47. So, I was able to contact a company,
  48. get them to work with me
  49. and develop a transmitter that
  50. could be put on a person's arm.
  51. And that was the start of
  52. Project Lifesaver.
  53. Our passion, our desire.
  54. We think Project Lifesaver,
  55. the Lynchburg Project
  56. Lifesaver program, is our premier
  57. community service program here in the
  58. city of Lynchberg.
  59. We provide it now
  60. at no cost to those that cannot afford it
  61. through an annual fundraiser and so,
  62. but, again the goal behind that is
  63. when we bring that individual back home,
  64. safely and historically with our 92 all
  65. within thirty minutes or less.
  66. The emotion that we feel, the
  67. satisfaction that we have done our job
  68. and done it well, with the assistance of
  69. this technology.
  70. You can't put a price on that because
  71. someone's life, someone's loved one
  72. is brought home and
  73. it makes a difference.
  74. I tell people when you work for
  75. Project Lifesaver International,
  76. it's not a job, it's a way of life.
  77. And you adapt yourself to it.
  79. I'm not getting a signal.
  80. We're going to have to call in the drone.
  81. I used to describe it and still do as when
  82. you're searching for somebody and you
  83. don't anything like this to help you, you
  84. are actually doing a swag search.
  85. And people say, 'Well what's a swag?'
  86. I said , it's a scientific wildass guess.
  87. Before Project Lifesaver
  88. you didn't have any resources
  89. but
  90. individuals.
  91. When we first started the program,
  92. I mean it was very bare basics.
  93. You know we had the receiver,
  94. we had the transmitter.
  95. And they were pretty,
  96. bare.
  97. I mean it was just,
  98. it was a, something had never
  99. been done before, so we were doing what
  100. we could with what we had.
  101. The new hat tracking equipment that
  102. could assist with you,
  103. assist with the search,
  104. narrow it down, make it a little faster,
  105. give that extra peace of mind
  106. to caregivers.
  107. Of course when the Project Lifesaver came
  108. to Lynchburg Sheriff's Office we
  109. had basic receivers that we used and in
  110. fact our first rescue we used those
  111. receivers and saved a ninety-two year-old
  112. lady that had wandered from a nursing home
  113. Using that equipment she was located
  114. in eight minutes and she would not have
  115. made it until morning, it was in December
  116. and all she had on was a house coat.
  117. I kept feeling, well we,
  118. we need to be stepping ahead.
  119. We need to improve all the time.
  120. We need to make it easier
  121. for the agencies, easier for the people.
  122. Give them more,
  123. more that they can work with.
  124. Then you're actually able to extend
  125. that
  126. through air searches.
  127. Which was wonderful
  128. but the availability of getting
  129. a helicopter in a timely manner
  130. and getting someone available to fly the
  131. helicopter, you're having to depend on
  132. other people and other departments and
  133. other resources.
  134. Helicopters are great, I love ' em.
  135. However, they're expensive
  136. and when you need 'em
  137. sometimes you can't get 'em.
  138. Maintenance issues, weather issues,
  139. crew issues.
  140. And even if you can get it,
  141. you're thirty to forty-five minutes
  142. and sometimes an hour away
  143. from it arriving on scene.
  144. Where with the drone, if you had that
  145. you could just implement the search right
  146. there, you don't have to depend on
  147. getting an outside agency to come in
  148. and start your search.
  149. Here's something you can have
  150. in the trunk of the car
  151. and it gives you what a helicopter would
  152. give you and it gives it to you
  153. much quicker, much cheaper.
  155. I was on a search and rescue at one point
  156. and the individual, he had autism,
  157. and he had wandered, and he had
  158. actually gone on his bicycle.
  159. So we do not know how far
  160. he had gotten at that point,
  161. we weren't getting a signal from
  162. his last known location, so of course we
  163. had to spread out our perimeter.
  164. But we live in a very hilly city,
  165. there's tons of hills, low dips, creeks,
  166. and he had actually gotten along a creek
  167. line and was just gunning it!
  168. I mean he had gotten miles from home,
  169. quickly,
  170. I mean he was a young boy. So,
  171. with having just the
  172. ground units, it made it difficult.
  173. The average Alzheimer's search lasts
  174. nine hours. The average cost is fifteen
  175. hundred dollars an hour.
  176. You factor that into
  177. you can search with this equipment
  178. and in thirty minutes find this person,
  179. this program is already paid for itself
  180. and much cheaper than you would have by
  181. launching this massive search.
  182. Lynchberg Project Lifesaver,
  183. Project Lifesaver International
  184. delivers exactly what it says.
  185. You know Project Lifesaver is just
  186. wonderful and it gives that extra peace
  187. of mind to the family members.
  188. I have made the statement that if it was
  189. just one person, that we were able to go
  190. out and bring home safely,
  191. this program would be worth it.
  192. I think a lot of people don't realize
  193. how big this problem is and if you don't
  194. think it's a big problem,
  195. pick up a newspaper,
  196. go on Facebook and look at all
  197. the searches for people that have
  198. wandered off
  199. and not been found.
  200. Listen. We've got NAFRA action reports
  201. Where it was plainly stated
  202. had not been for Project Lifesaver
  203. we would not have found this person.
  204. For different reasons.
  205. You know. I think it's, it's,
  206. it's simple.
  207. If we had a funding source
  208. we could do it for everybody.
  210. Female Officer - Dylan?
  211. Dylan - Yeah.
  212. Officer - Hi. I'm Sergeant Rodgers.
  213. Are you doing OK?
  214. Dylan - Yeah.
  215. Rodgers - So you're OK?
  216. Dylan - Yeah.
  217. Rodgers - You're Mamma's worried about you
  218. Did you wander away?
  219. Did you get a little bit lost?
  220. OK. Well we need to take you back
  221. to your mom's so she won't worry.
  222. OK? I'm glad you're OK
  225. - Roger. Subject located.