BILLERICA — Chief Roy Frost is pleased to report that the Billerica Police department is offering the community a chance to provide important information on individuals with disabilities to aid first responders in the event of an emergency.
The Billerica Department is rolling out the free and voluntary Personal Alert Program, which is designed to aid first responders with quick access to critical information to assist in dealing with individuals with disabilities, in particular those who may have difficulty communicating with first responders.
Individuals who may benefit from the program include individuals on the Autism spectrum, those with Dementia, Alzheimer’s, or Downs Syndrome, elders or any other individual with disabilities.
The Personal Alert Program registry will aid first responders by providing information, including emergency contact’s, detailed physical descriptions, the individual’s communication abilities, routines and behaviors, photographs, and other helpful information that may assist first responders while they are interacting with the individuals.
Information can be provided by parents, guardians, or caretakers and will be used by the Billerica Police, Fire, and Emergency Medical Services to assist in caring for and/or locating individuals with disabilities.
To learn more or to register for the program, click here. Billerica Police will also have information on the program available next month at Billerica Police Department’s Public Safety Night.
Those who enroll will receive a free Billerica Police Department patch, seat belt cover, window decal, and an BPD Personal Alert Program identification card.
“I want to thank Telecommunicator Supervisor Maureen Lamaree for her work to get this program launched. She has been instrumental to our efforts on this,” said Chief Roy Frost. “We’re hoping a large number of community members will enroll in this program to help improve our ability to be of assistance in the event of the emergency.”