Fayette County Sheriff’s Department Implementing New Project

FAYETTEVILLE, WV (WOAY) – Fayette County first responders are implementing a program to help protect persons who are prone to wandering. Sheriff Mike Fridley explains the program details.

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Department along with the Fayette County Fire Association have recieved specialized equipment that will allow them to quickly and efficiently locate persons who are prone to wandering off. The program and related equipment are part of Project Life Saver (PLS) that originated in Chesapeake Virginia in 1999. The system utilizes radio tracking equipment to locate persons with cognitive disorders, who have tendencies or potential to wander off from the home and other locations, exposing them to life threatening elements.

Deputy Sheriffs and Firefighters from around the county will begin instructor level PLS training this evening, and will continue over the weekend.  To date, PLS has been credited with 3,314 successful rescues. The Fire Service is funding the program start up cost through the use of the Fire Levy. The program will be provided to Fayette County residents without charge.

“Although this program was started years ago, all of the equipment is out dated and unreliable. I am grateful to partner with the Fire Association to provide this important service to the citizens of Fayette County.”

The Sheriff’s Department will begin accepting participants on Monday August 13th. You may contact them via Facebook, or by telephone with any questions about the program at 304-574-4216

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