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Project Lifesaver

What is Project Lifesaver?

Project Lifesaver is a 501 (C)(3) community based, public safety, non-profit organization that provides law enforcement, fire/rescue, and caregivers with a program designed to protect, and when necessary, quickly locate individuals with cognitive disorders who are prone to the life threatening behavior of wandering. The organization was founded in 1999 in Chesapeake, Virginia. The necessity of this program was determined through the correlation between cognitive conditions and the act of wandering.  With the dramatic increase of cognitive conditions since the inception of the organization, the program has grown from a localized program to a program recognized internationally as a proven and effective method of “bringing loved ones home.”

How does it work?

The method relies on proven radio technology and specially trained search and rescue teams. Citizens enrolled in Project Lifesaver wear a small transmitter on the wrist or ankle that emits an individualized frequency signal. If an enrolled client goes missing, the caregiver notifies their local Project Lifesaver agency, and a trained emergency team responds to the wanderer’s area. The first responders will then use the client’s individualized frequency to locate the position of the individual. The knowledge given from the community policing courses is best applied in this situation because the first responders will know how to best approach the client once found, and allow them to be brought back to safety.

Have a loved you you'd like to enroll?

Contact Project Lifesaver Tipton County by calling CTVFD at 765-675-8004 or emailing the current coordinator at to start the registration or ask any question you might have.

Can I donate?

Donations can be made out to Project Lifesaver and sent to the address below:

Cicero Township Volunteer Fire Department

c/o Tipton County Project Lifesaver

750 Development Drive

Tipton, IN 46072

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