Tell us about your company’s goal and vision?
Our goal is to provide public safety agencies and institutions with the ability to quickly locate a special needs person who may have wandered and become lost. This is a growing problem, across the world as population age and more children are diagnosed with special needs.
What services does your company offer? What differentiates your services from your contemporaries?
We provide our member agencies and those joining, with training to operate the locating equipment the methods of the program, familiarization with different special needs, Autism, Alzheimer’s, etc., We also provide the necessary equipment for the program. Also, every year we host a conference for our member agencies providing the latest information on the special needs community and improvements in our equipment.
Beginning around 1999, Project Lifesaver has made them thing as a main priority: securing those that wander. The program was organized in a manner that deliberately joins best in class finding advances, imaginative pursuit and salvage techniques, and local area policing courses that teach people on call about intellectual conditions. These practices take into account effective and safe salvages when a friend or family member strays from their home or parental figure, while not being intrusive. This gives guardians and friends and family true serenity and opportunity. In contrast to our rivals, we are a 501 (c) (3) non-profit. We are a program, not an item or product. Undertaking Lifesaver really focuses profoundly on the exceptional necessities, local area and doesn’t plan to make wellbeing an issue of accounts, area, or in any case. This article serves to clear up some normal misguided judgments and inquiries concerning Project Lifesaver International.
Project Lifesaver offers two sorts of transmitters, a 30 day and 60 day. This implies the battery should be changed like clockwork or 60 days, with day by day battery checks to guarantee maximized operation. We have not settled on a 6-month battery, as we accept a “set it and fail to remember it” attitude prompts gear breakdowns and missed local area associations.
While the facts really confirm that the distance RF transmitters can be gotten is not as much as GPS, it is undeniably more solid while pinpointing the area of a missing person. Thick materials, tall structures, huge/harsh territory, and huge trees can obstruct or diminish GPS signal strength and may make it difficult to decide an area.
The Project Lifesaver program is frequently subsidized through awards/grants, sponsorships, and gifts. Through this, a considerable lot of our offices offer PLI wristbands/bracelets to customers for no charge. If an office/agency chooses to charge any expenses, they are regularly negligible or a one-time expense. This is fundamentally not exactly our rivals, who execute yearly agreements and repeating month-to-month expenses.
At Project Lifesaver, we endeavor to know and comprehensive of sensory requirements. That is the reason we offer diverse band sizes, materials, and surfaces. These are worn every minute of every day, with the exception of when taken off by a public wellbeing official to change the battery. Steady wear takes into consideration the person to become acclimated with the sensation of the wristband.
Public Safety Involvement:
Public security offices ought to be uncommonly prepared to cooperate with people with intellectual conditions. Doing as such furnishes public security offices with the additional information to have positive and safe experiences. Items that exclude this imperative part are setting a pointless hindrance between open wellbeing offices and the networks or communities they serve.
What was the driving force behind the establishment of your company? What idea propelled you towards the institution of this company?
The growing population of special needs persons and the increasing demands to search for them when they wander. I felt there was a better and cheaper way to do these searches. The implementation of radio tracking wristbands, worn by the special needs person, sending a radio signal which can be received and tracked. This reduces the time for the location of the person and the manpower necessary for the search, increasing our ability to return these persons safely.
Tell us about yourself and your journey from the beginning including your experience in academia.
After attending high school in Norfolk, VA, I was in the US Army National Guard, where I attended Officer Candidate School, serving for 14 years. In 1968, I joined the Chesapeake, VA Police Dept., serving for 33 years, retiring as a Captain in 2001. While with the Police Department I served in just about all functions of law enforcement working my way up to holding commands in all of those areas.
I was a founder of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) and served a Commander for 23 years with over 800 missions. I have attended Old Dominion University and the University of Louisville, Southern Police Institute. I have been fortunate to receive a number of awards including; 3 Silver Stars for Valor; 3 Police Commendation Medals; 3 line of Duty Injury Medals and a Commendation from the President of the United States for SWAT Service.
As member of Project Lifesaver I have received the Project Lifesaver Medal of Honor, 2 Congressional Medal of Honor Finalist Awards, The George Washington Valley Forge Foundation Medal of Honor, Bank of America Hero Award and the CBS Person of Distinction Award among others. I have authored several magazine articles concerning searching for lost persons and special needs person searches. I have also been named the International Top Professional CEO of the Year, The 50 most Fearless Leaders in America Award, Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.
Tell us about the honors and achievements that your company has received.
Project Lifesaver has received numerous awards including the Virginia Best Practice Award, Congressional Medal of Honor Society Citizens Honor finalist award, Best in US public safety company, Titan award for Technology, Stevie award for Organization of the Year – Non-Profit, Montgomery County, MD., Critical Link Award, AUVSI Humanitarian Award, Florida Chiefs of Police Cooperative Award, Best in NON-Profits Award 12 times, Coast Magazine NON profit of the year, et. al.
Describe your company’s financial sponsorship? Where do the funds come from?
We receive our funding through equipment purchases, training fees, membership fees and grants through government and private foundations.
What are the future prospects of Project Lifesaver International?
To continue building and improving our technology and methods and grow our program to assist the most agencies and communities possible.
It sounds like it’s been successful. Do you know how many people are using the system?
I founded Project Lifesaver in 1999 and overseen its’ growth to over 1,698 member agencies who have performed over 3, 800 successful searches. Currently, over 1,678 agencies use the program with over 75,000 clients.
Tell us briefly about your team and their contribution to your success.
Our team consists of active and retired public safety professional and staff that have an active interest in the population they serve. They are some of the best people in the world.
|Year of Founding||1999|
|Funding Information||Grants, Fees|
|Founding Members||Gene Saunders|
|Office Locations||Headquarter in Port St Lucie, FL, Operation in Chesapeake, VA|
|Company Strength||9 full-time, 4 part-time and approx. 25 volunteers|