Last Sunday, when a teen with Down syndrome went missing in the West Brook area near Parrsboro, Gooding, a team leader of the Springhill Ground Search and Rescue, arrived on the scene and was quick to get a signal from the bracelet the 18-year-old was wearing on his wrist.
“This was the first time I used Project Lifesaver in an emergency situation and can’t believe how quickly things wrapped up,” said Gooding, who is also a reporter with the Amherst News-Citizen-Record. “It was maybe 20 minutes from time I arrived on the scene to making visual contact with the client."
Project Lifesaver was first established in April 1999 in Virginia and came to Nova Scotia in 2010. It uses a radio direction finding system to determine the location of a transmitter based on the strength of the radio frequency it produces.
It was the second search in less than 24 hours for the Springhill ground search and rescue team following a successful search in the Shulee area overnight Saturday.
For Gooding and other team members having the Project Lifesaver technology really made a huge difference.