What is Project Lifesaver? 

The project lifesaver logo

Project Lifesaver is a community based, public safety, non-profit organization that partners with local law enforcements, fire/rescue departments and caregivers to provide programming designed to protect, and when necessary, quickly locate individuals with cognitive disorders who are prone to the life threatening behaviour of wandering. 

Project Lifesaver is run at the municipal level by public safety agencies and provides necessary training and technologies. It uses cutting edge locating technology, innovative SAR methods, and community policing courses to protect "at-risk" populations in our communities and bring our loved ones home.

Visit Project Lifesaver International's website to learn more.

How Project Lifesaver Works

Participants wear a battery-operated bracelet that sends an FM radio signal 24 hours a day. It even works in areas such as buildings and forests.

Volunteers from Victim Services Wellington visit each client once a month to change the battery.

When a caregiver tells their local police service that a client has gone missing, trained police officers will use Project Lifesaver equipment to search for and locate the missing person.

  • Time it takes to find missing people with Project Lifesaver average 30 minutes — 95% less time than without.
  • Project Lifesaver has a 100% find rate.

Project Lifesaver does not replace the position of a caregiver, but it is a tool that can save lives and reduce stress felt by family members.

How to Apply

  1. Applicants are screened to see if they meet Project Lifesaver criteria.
  2. Information is given to the applicants regarding the program and the equipment.
  3. Applicants are enrolled in the program.

There is a startup fee to join the program as well as a monthly cost to maintain the equipment.

For additional information on Project Lifesaver and how to apply, please contact Victim Services Wellington at (519) 824-1212 ext. 7205 or visit the Victim Services webpage.

A person's wrist wearing a Project Lifesaver transmitter