Wood County Current Events

Project Lifesaver Celebrates 10 years in Wood County
Posted 7/6/2017 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us
Your support has helped us serve over 90 clients since 2007. With a current enrollment of 33 individuals, our program continues to grow.

Project Lifesaver is a rescue program for children and adults with cognitive impairments or medical conditions that put them at risk to wander and become lost. Citizens enrolled in Project Lifesaver wear a small personal radio frequency transmitter around the wrist or ankle that emits an individualized tracking signal. If an enrolled client goes missing, the caregiver notifies their local law enforcement/rescue agency and a trained emergency team responds to the wanderer’s area. Most who wonder are found within a few miles from home, and search times for participants have been reduced from hours and days to minutes from when the search team arrives.

Project Lifesaver of Wood County’s program is a combined effort of the Wood County Sheriff’s Department, Wood County Rescue, Marshfield Fire and Rescue Department, Aging and Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin, Stevens Point Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, Pittsville Fire Department, Nekoosa Fire Department, Wood County Human Services and PIER-Parents Information Education Resources.

If you know of an individual that this may be beneficial for, please call:
For Individuals under 18:
         Contact: Wood County Human Services, Jill Jerabek at 715-389-0241
For Individuals over 18:
         Contact: Aging and Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin, Erin Johnson at 888-486-9545 or 715-421-0014