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UPDATED: Press conference today regarding device to help find the lost

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Jan. 12, 2012 at 6:49 am with No Comments »
January 12, 2012 11:17 am

Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor and others will hold a press conference today regarding a system that helps law enforcement find vulnerable adults and children who wander away from home and become lost.

They’ll demonstrate the “Project LOCATE” system. The system, also known as EmFinders, utilizes a cellular device about the size of a wristwatch and is worn on the wrist.

The device is activated when a loved one wanders off and caregivers call 911.

“That prompts the device to call 911, enabling emergency dispatchers to quickly locate and return the missing person,” a press release states. “The E911 cellular triangulation technology, unlike GPS, can locate inside buildings, under canopies and in wooded areas.”

The system is administered through PAVE, a statewide nonprofit organization that supports families with loved ones who have disabilities.

The organization received a $5,000 grant from Pierce County Community Connections. Because of the grant, the organization has a limited number of scholarships available to help with the initial costs of the devices. Families will need to pay the monthly service charge.

Find more information here or by calling PAVE at 800-572-7368 or 253-565-2266.

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