SEARCH AND RESCUE
Administrated by HSCDEM, the Hot Spring County Search and Rescue Team is a group of dedicated volunteers committed to saving lives. All members are trained to a minumum of ISAR/SARTECH III through the National Association of Search & Rescue (NASAR) with many being at the FUNSAR and SARTECH II levels. HSCSAR manages and operates all searches within Hot Spring County and frequently deploys to other counties to assist.
The Project Lifesaver program is operated by HSCSAR. The Hot Spring County Sheriff's Office initiated the program in 2010, and their deputies trained in the use of the system are also HSCSAR members.
The primary mission of Project Lifesaver is to provide timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s, autism, and other related conditions or disorders.
The task of searching for wandering or lost individuals with Alzheimer’s, autism, Down syndrome, dementia or other cognitive conditions is a growing and serious responsibility. Without effective procedures and equipment, searches can involve multiple agencies, hundreds of officers, countless man hours and thousands of dollars. More importantly, because time is of the essence, every minute lost increases the risk of a tragic outcome.
Citizens enrolled in Project Lifesaver wear a small personal transmitter around the wrist or ankle that emits an individualized tracking signal. If an enrolled client goes missing, the caregiver notifies their local Project Lifesaver agency, and a trained emergency team responds to the wanderer’s area. Most who wander are found within a few miles from home, and search times have been reduced from hours and days to minutes. Recovery times for PLI clients average 30 minutes — 95% less time than standard operations.
Residents interested in enrolling in the program are encouraged to call HSCDEM at (501) 332-4911.