INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) 4-year-old Kyle Pierce of Hancock County is home safe after hundreds of first responders and volunteers spent five hours looking for him Saturday night.
While successful, it’s a search that likely wouldn’t have been necessary if the county participated in the Project Lifesaver Program.
“It cuts down the time that it takes to locate them, thus the outcomes are usually better,” said Greg Gates, Chief of Special Operations for the Indianapolis Fire Department.
Indianapolis Fire Department partners with the Autism Society of Indiana to administer the program in Marion County
It uses radio frequency to locate missing children and adults wearing special bracelets.
“When the person goes missing we have the ability with our radio receivers to track that person with those receivers and allow us to find them not by sight location but by radio,” said Gates. “Our response times are greatly reduced when a Project Lifesaver client has both the bracelet on, the battery is changed, and they’re in our system and active,” Gates said
According to the Autism Society of Indiana, since its launch in 1999, 2,500 Project Lifesaver searches have taken place across the US, Canada and Australia. The program says it has never had a serious injury or fatality. The program comes at no cost to taxpayers, and is run almost entirely by donations. .
The starter kit costs $300, annual recurring costs are approximately $60.
The Autism Society of Indiana provides financial assistance based on need.