INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Project Lifesaver, a program deigned to track missing Alzheimer patients and children with autism, just got more eyes in the sky.
A multi agency training session was held Tuesday to certify airborne search operators from IMPD, IFD, Wayne Township and the City of Lawrence.
Patients enrolled in Project Lifesaver wear a transmitter that operators are able to locate through a radio frequency.
These newly certified operators can track patients from helicopters which they say dramatically reduces search time.
"The average search time around the country has been 30 minutes or less compared to a 9 hour search time for an Alzheimer patient across the county without any type of program,'" said Captain Mike Pruitt with the Wayne Township Fire Department.
There are now seven certified airborne trackers for the greater Indianapolis area.
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