Project Lifesaver uses a Radio Direction Finding (RDF) system. RDF is a technique used to determine the location of a transmitter based upon the strength of the radio frequency signal produced by the transmitter.
Clients who are a part of the Project Lifesaver program wear a radio wrist transmitter emitting an automatic tracking signal. Should their loved one go missing, caregivers are instructed to immediately contact 911.
Search & Rescue members, already trained in traditional search and rescue techniques, incorporate their training and the Project Lifesaver radio frequency tracking equipment to quickly locate the missing person.
A traditional search consumes approximately 9 hours at approximately $1,500 per hour.
Project Lifesaver requires 2 searchers and recovery has been an average of under 30 minutes from the time they were last seen.
Project Lifesaver has over 1200 participating agencies across the U.S., Canada, and Australia
Project Lifesaver has had over 2,641 successful rescues since inception in 1999.
For additional information or resources on the program please visit www.projectlifesaver.org