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Project Lifesaver is the premier search and rescue program operated internationally by public safety agencies, and is strategically designed for “at risk” individuals who are prone to the life threatening behavior of wandering. The primary mission of Project Lifesaver is to provide timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children with the propensity to wander due to a cognitive condition.

For questions regarding Project Lifesaver in Washington County, MD
please call (240) 313-4368.

Cutting Edge Location Technology

Project Lifesaver is in a constant state of research and development to ensure the latest and most effective technologies are being utilized by the program both in the prevention of wandering and the recovery of a client in the event of elopement.

Innovative Sar Methods

Project Lifesaver has strategically designed methods and techniques for the specific use of recovering individuals with a cognitive condition. When applied by first responders these innovative strategies enable the most efficient rescue of an eloped client.

Community Policing Courses

Project Lifesaver provides first responders with a basic understanding of cognitive conditions, giving them the necessary tools needed to respond to an elopement, and to assess and effectively manage the safe and comfortable return of an eloped client.


Project Lifesaver

Project Lifesaver is a 501c3 non-profit organization that developed a tracking system used nationwide to locate persons who have a tendency to wander and become lost.

Project lifesaver is a program of pro-active involvement and specialized rescue operations where trained personnel respond to incidents involving persons with autism, dementia, Alzheimer’s, Down’s Syndrome, and other related neurological disorders.

This program will cut the costs of searching for frequent wanderers and ultimately recover the lost participant within a short period of time.  Currently there have been over 2,765 search and rescues nationwide with a 100% recovery rate!

How Does Project Lifesaver Work?

PLS participants wear a small transmitter the enits a silent radio signal.  A tracking receiver is used and has a ground range of up to one mile.  When needed, the receiver is used in a helicopter which increased the range to approximately 5-7 miles.

Once a caretaker or family member realizes their loved one has wondered, they contact 911.  

Project Lifesaver’s trained personnel are dispatched to the last known location of the person who wandered to begin the search.

PLS in Washington County

Project Lifesaver in Washington County started in 2006 through a non-profit organization, MIHI, Inc.  

MIHI, Inc. collaborates with local law enforcement and emergency services to provide a sense of security to our community through the search and recovery technology.  The PLS team in Washington County is comprised of electronic equipment specialists, instructors, and volunteers.


Liberal Leave is in effective for Washington County Government


Liberal leave is in effect for all non-essential personal on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, until noon. Essential personnel are expected to fulfill their duties as usual.

The starting time for today’s Board of County Commissioners meeting will be reevaluated at 9:00 am.

For those required to travel, exercise caution on the roadways. If driving is necessary, ensure your vehicle is completely cleared, drive at a reduced speed, practice caution, and avoid crowding or passing plows.
We’ll keep the public informed of any changes. Stay updated by monitoring Washington County Government’s website and social media channels for the latest information. Your safety is our priority!