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Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Upgrades Search and Rescue Technology to Improve Safety for Impaired Persons

FRISCO, Texas Feb. 11, 2011 Citrus County

The wearable, watch-like EmSeeQ system uses the nationwide U-TDOA cellular technology, which locates more than 60 million 911 calls a year, to accurately determine the location of the device wearer, enabling rescuers to quickly find him or her. The system helps eliminate time-consuming search and rescue operations that can jeopardize the lost individual’s safety and cost taxpayers thousands of dollars.

Citrus County Florida $25

Jeff Dawsy

EmFinders works directly with public safety access point (PSAP) dispatchers to greatly reduce the search timeframe for a rescue operation. The at-risk individual wears the bracelet 24/7 or as needed, based on the unique situation. If the individual is missing or has wandered off, the caregiver first performs a brief search. Once an emergency situation is confirmed, the caregiver calls 911 to report the elopement and then contacts EmFinders to activate the EmSeeQ device. The device places a call and provides its location to 911 dispatchers who can then send assistance, as they do every day for thousands of wireless 911 calls per month.

"We’ve looked at several other devices on the market, like GPS and radio frequency systems, but EmSeeQ is best-suited for our unique situations," Dawsy said. "There’s no interference from clouds or tree cover, and if the missing or endangered person were to get into a vehicle, he or she can also be tracked while moving."


The EmSeeQ product is available in two different styles: a watchband-type device with a traditional buckle, plus a clasp-style that requires two hands to remove for added security.

"The Sheriff’s Office is truly excited about this community partnership and the donation of the units," Dawsy said. "It gives those in our community a helping hand in getting a locator device without having to bear the additional cost beyond the yearly fee." Chris Evan Citrus County

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