This important partnership will enhance the quality of interactions between at-risk individuals and first responders; improving the outcomes of search and rescue missions involving the most vulnerable
(March 15, 2019 – Port St. Lucie, Florida) In order to more effectively serve and protect individuals with various conditions and disabilities, Project Lifesaver International and Vitals™ Aware Services are teaming up in an effort to bring together advanced locating and critical client information technologies that will provide a safer experience and more favorable outcomes of interactions occurring between first responders and vulnerable individuals, more especially interactions occurring during search and rescue operations.
Both organizations are working closely on the model and eventual launch of an integrated program that will provide full-circle elopement protection, as well as enhance the current procedures and abilities for locating lost Project Lifesaver clients and returning them home safely.
Project Lifesaver International and Vitals™ Aware Services understand the many challenges that individuals living with intellectual, developmental or mental health challenges, their caregivers, and first responder agencies face, that’s why we have joined forces, to help better protect those vulnerable individuals, improve their quality of life, and help provide just a little more peace of mind.
This combination of technologies is thought to be the most effective solution to special needs search and rescue. Project Lifesaver’s CEO & Founder, Chief Gene Saunders commented, “This technology combination differs from all other special needs locating approaches currently available for elopements. This new approach is designed to specifically provide first responders with both the elopers’ location and the critical information necessary to reduce the potential of harm to an eloper during a wandering episode and to ensure a safe and protected return. I truly believe that the future integration of The Vitals App to our practices will benefit our member agencies tremendously!”
Regarding this important partnership, Chief Janeé Harteau (ret.), President of Vitals™ Aware Services, said “this collaboration is between two organizations whose mission is to provide first responders and law enforcement with the critical tools and information needed to help them better serve and protect our most vulnerable people and those who care for them.” Chief Harteau (ret.) continues, “We are extremely proud to announce this important partnership with Project Lifesaver. Together, we will be able to provide a more comprehensive protection model across the country, ensuring both a safe return and a positive interaction with first responders.”
About Project Lifesaver International:
Project Lifesaver is a 501 (C) (3) community based, public safety, non-profit organization that provides emergency responders and caregivers with the equipment and training required to protect and, when necessary, quickly locate individuals with cognitive conditions that cause the propensity to wander, such as those with Alzheimer’s or autism. Through the use of state of the art radio frequency technology, innovative search and rescue techniques, and accredited first response training, Project Lifesaver member agencies have, to date, successfully located in excess of 3,500 special needs individuals during an episode of elopement; the average recovery times for these rescues are less than 30 minutes, which is 95% less time than standard operations. Started 20 years ago, Project Lifesaver is not just the first, but the most widely used and effective program in the nation that is specifically designed to protect the “at risk” populations in our communities. Project Lifesaver has trained thousands of public safety agencies, not only in search, rescue and the use of our electronic locating equipment, but also in the methods necessary to communicate with a person who has Alzheimer’s disease, Autism or a related cognitive disorder. For more information about Project Lifesaver, please visit www.projectlifesaver.org.
About Vitals™ Aware Services:
Vitals™ works by equipping authorized first responders, educators and providers with information voluntarily provided by Vitals™ enrollees. First responders, educators and providers then receive access to the Vitals™ service on their cellphones. The service allows a vulnerable person to register online, then wear a beacon that takes the form of a keychain, necklace, debit card or bracelet. An Android phone can also serve as the beacon. When a Vitals™ user comes within 80 feet of an authorized first responder equipped with the service, the responder will get a notification about the person’s diagnosis and how they may best interact with them. The Twin Cities-based tech company developed the app-based service in partnership with The Autism Society of Minnesota. The service was launched in August of 2017 in St. Paul. Vitals™ is also partnering with PACER Center, the Arc Minnesota, Wellness in the Woods and Hammer Residences to build awareness and promote the service to potential users and their families. To learn more about Vitals™, go to www.thevitalsapp.com