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New Service Helps Locate Missing Alzheimer, Dementia Patients In Huron County

Huron County | by Fadi Didi  

Donations from Goderich Place, Bruce Power bring Project Lifesaver to Huron County.

Search and rescue efforts are getting a boost in Huron County.

OPP and county officials announced the launch of Project Lifesaver, which uses radio frequencies to locate missing residents with Alzheimers, dementia, or an acquired brain injury.

The radio frequency is broadcast through a transmitter similar to a wristwatch, assigned with a specific signal.

Sgt. Nigel Heels with Huron OPP says one of the largest challenges in a broad county is responding to emergencies in a timely manner.

This new system is designed to dramatically cut the length of a search.

Heels says every member of the OPP's Western Region Emergency Response Team is trained to use the Project Lifesaver equipment.

Donations from Goderich Place and Bruce Power helped to bring Project Lifesaver to Huron County.

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