The Lake Station Lions Club is helping to get another lifesaving tool in the hands of the Lake Station Fire Department.
A $4,000 donation provided to the department during last week's Lake Station City Council meeting will be used to begin acquiring Project Lifesaver technology.
Lake Station Lions Club President Laurie Haussman said the system can help locate people with disorders that could cause them to wander away from a location and become lost. That can include residents with Alzheimer’s, dementia or autism.
Those enrolled in Project Lifesaver will wear a bracelet that emits a silent tracking signal. If they are lost, the Fire Department would use a device to locate them.
“This is going to be a good program,” Fire Chief Chuck Fazekas said.
He said other Lake County communities, such as Crown Point, Schererville and Lowell, also have Project Lifesaver systems.
The more communities that have them, the quicker emergency personnel could locate people who have become lost.
Fazekas said the $4,000 donation is enough to cover the cost of the tracking device that would be used by the Fire Department.
The Lions Club plans to have more fundraising events to generate money to purchase the bracelets that will be provided at no cost to residents who could benefit from them.
Fazekas said the city will work with schools and physicians to identify residents who would receive the bracelets.
He said the Fire Department will check batteries in the bracelets each month and change them when needed.