MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Project Lifesaver is a local group that's been around for eight years that provides equipment and help that literally could save your life or the life of a loved one.
Project Lifesaver is a transmitting bracelet worn by individuals that helps provide rapid response to save lives and reduce potential for serious injury.
What makes this special and so-needed is that it's designed for adults and children who wander due to Autism, Down syndrome, Alzheimer's, dementia, a traumatic brain injury, and other cognitive conditions.
"God forbid, I mean all you have to do is turn your back for a second and they're gone," says Monique Clement, the coordinator for Project Lifesaver. "And that's the biggest fear of a parent or caregiver with people with disabilities. So it's just a peace of mind."
The Guns and Hoses Charity Softball Game this weekend is going to be a fun and family-friendly event designed to raise money for SOS Health Care to be able to make the bracelets available to families free of charge. Your donations will also help provide a year's supply of replacement batteries to families that already have a bracelet.
The program also establishes partnerships, like those with our local law enforcement, to help save money and time for taxpayers. Once someone has a bracelet and registers it, that information is kept by police. So if a parent or caregiver has to call 911 to say someone is missing, that information is already available to dispatch operators and first responders.
"Each person gets their own individual transmitting number," says Clement. "So no two people in the area are transmitting at the same signal. So when they do their search and rescue and they put their coordinates in, they're only searching for that one person. So it saves a lot of time."
Statistics show that the average cost for a law enforcement search is $1,500 per hour. The chances of finding a person unharmed or alive drops to 50 percent after 24 hours. Search times have been reduced from hours and days to minutes. Recovery times average less than 30 minutes. Project Lifesaver also provides special training to first responders to learn how to communicate and relate to these children and adults properly.
For those using this bracelet, there is a 100 percent success rate of locating someone who is lost or runs away. The goal is to have a tracker bracelet on every eligible, at-risk person in Horry County. To see if you are eligible and fill out an application, click here.
SOS Health Care has also partnered with the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce to make the same bracelets available to visitors to the Grand Strand.
Ticket information for the Guns and Hoses game at Grand Park:
The Myrtle Beach Fire Department will take on the Horry County Fire Department and the Myrtle Beach Police Department will take on the Horry County Police Department during games 1 and 2, which start at 4 p.m.
At 5 p.m., the losers of game 1 play each other and the winners of game 1 play at 6 p.m. for the Championship.
To purchase your tickets and to get more details call:
Tommy Chestnut (843)-918-1330
Karen Johnson (843)-918-1102
Monique Clement (843)-602-8840
Paul Crutchfield (843)-798-1730
Jamie Debari (843)-997-3153
Tickets are available at the Myrtle Beach Fire Department Administrative Building at 921 B Oak St. in Myrtle Beach or the Horry County Fire Department Administrative M.L. Brown Building at 2560 North Main St. Suite 1 in Conway. The entry fee is $5 and goes to SOS Health Care for the bracelets; kids under five get in for free.