Three Rivers Park Debuts GPS Tracker For Vulnerable Guests
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Three Rivers Park District is debuting a GPS tracking system to protect vulnerable guests.
This is a fantastic story. Living in New Zealand where thousands of people explore bush and mountain tracks every day, we constantly hear stories of everyone from school groups to hunters and even casual day trippers getting lost. Just this weekend we had a group of school girls who needed a rescue on a tramping trip where a river suddenly rose and blocked off the track they had intended taking.
If you took all the money that is spent on search and rescue each year, you could probably invest in a lot of these or similar devices. It’s mandatory to have emergency equipment including radio on boats and most of them also have GPS. I’m not saying it should be mandatory but it would certainly be smart to have technology like this available for casual trampers. More experienced ones also need rescuing but are more likely to have some form of technology already because they understand the risk.
I frequently blog in this space around people with dementia, diabetics and other conditions that can leave them distressed, confused and disoriented, but this technology also has benefits to those who may be super fit and healthy.