BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) - When someone goes missing, the only thing on the minds of loved ones is their safe return.
The Alabama State Troopers Aviation Unit, the Shelby County EMA and Hoover Fire Technical Rescue gathered to enforce Project Lifesaver on Tuesday and work to improve their abilities to safely rescue people’s loved ones.
The missing person simulation trains emergency officials how to safely locate a missing person in a shorter time frame.
“Any type of special situation that a person or persons may be in, these guys have the extra training and expertise to know how to hopefully get them in a timely manner,” Rusty Lowe said.
The collaboration of agencies is instrumental to the success of this project, according to tactical flight officer Kent Smith.
“It’s huge, because most of the time in a natural disaster, whether it be here in Hoover or anywhere in our state, we want these guys to be very familiar with our operations,” Smith said.
The average rescue time for an Alzheimer’s patient is about nine hours, but with the type of training participants received on Tuesday, that rescue time decreases and the chances of a loved one returning home safely greatly increases.
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