Launching Project Lifesaver
Written By: Monday, May 7th 2018

A tracking tool is now available to assist police in keeping Barrie’s most vulnerable citizens safe.

Project Lifesaver Simcoe, a program that uses a tracking device with an FM frequency to locate residents who tend to wander, was officially launched on Monday, May 7th in Barrie.

The monitoring device, worn as a bracelet, transmits a signal that is heard by receivers used by Barrie Police. The receivers can be used by police in vehicles, attached to a drone or carried on foot. The equipment is used in a number of communities throughout Ontario where it has been successful in reducing search times from hours to minutes, in some cases.

Project Lifesaver Simcoe was inspired by Barrie senior Mandy Thompson who went missing from her Barrie home on a frigid February morning in 2017. Mandy suffered from dementia and had a history of wandering. Despite the extensive efforts of police, the story came to a tragic conclusion in March of this year when her body was discovered at an Oro-Medonte golf course.

A community group, with representation from local businesses Hughston Insurance Solutions and Senior Helpers, Barrie Police, Barrie Advance/Simcoe.com and Georgian Bay Volunteer Search and Rescue, formed to bring the equipment to the city.

For more information, visit projectlifesaversimcoe.ca, call Project Lifesaver Simcoe at 1-249-888-0249 or email admin@projectlifesaversimcoe.ca.

For more information on eligibility or to register for the Barrie Police Vulnerable Persons Registry – you can find details here at the Barrie Police website.