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Jacksonville Launches New Search, Rescue Program For Missing People

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams (at podium) discusses the new missing-persons search-and-rescue procedures Wednesday at City Hall.

A new step-by-step search procedure for missing people is getting police and firefighter boots on the ground faster as well as drones, helicopters and fire engines on and above the streets in Jacksonville.

Using the Missing Endangered Person Search and Rescue program has already helped find 13 of the 15 most recent missing adult and children cases, city officials told WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union.

Sheriff Mike Williams, Fire Chief Keith Powers and Mayor Lenny Curry announced the program Wednesday at City Hall. They say the techniques are now part of a new systematic process that rapidly deploys personnel and equipment from both departments to search for missing people. And for now, it is unique to Jacksonville.

"When you have an endangered or missing person or small child, it is time sensitive," Williams said. "The quicker you can get people on the ground, searching in those wood lines and trying to cover those lakes is incredibly important."

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