Missing woman was rescued from “wooded area” through coordinated search

Above: Emergency responders gathered at the staging area for a coordinated search for a missing elderly woman yesterday. (image from SPD Facebook)

Today, the Southborough Fire Department released more details on the CodeRED alert successfully resolved yesterday.

On Sunday afternoon, Town issued an alert about an elderly woman with dementia who was missing after wandering away from a home on Southwood Road. The alert was later updated to notify that she had been safely found. 

Today’s press release shares that the woman suffers from advanced Alzheimer’s. It also outlines the actions and resources that what went into achieving the happy ending.

The report notes that the initial call was made at 10:51 am. Emergency responders arrived at 10:55 am and the “Under Control” report was made to dispatch at 1:06 pm.

The release summarizes:

SFD Emergency Press ReleaseActions Taken:

Road search by Southborough Police and Fire units in the southwest area of town.
A Unified Command Post was established by Southborough Fire and Police.
Staging area established at the Mary Finn Elementary School at 60 Richards Road.
A Code Red Emergency message was sent to all town residents.
An emergency bulletin (BOLO) was sent to all area police departments.


Units working at the scene included Engine 23, Ambulance 28, Chief 1, Car 30, Car 27, Southborough Police Units, and Southborough Police Chief.
Station Coverage by off-duty and call members.

Additional Resources:

District 14 Technical Rescue Team and Car 14 Communications Vehicle, Mass State Police Air-Wing, Mass. Dept. of Fire Services Special Operations (Drone), Southborough CERT team, Mass. Environmental Police K-9, Grafton Police K-9, Westborough Police K-9.

Incident Notes:

The missing person was located by District 14 Technical Rescue Team in a heavily wooded off of Richards Road during a coordinated wide area search operation. The elderly female was evaluated by the paramedics of the Southborough Fire Department. She was uninjured and reunited with her family.

I was unfamiliar with “District 14” so I googled it. Ashland’s Fire Department website describes:

Ashland, Holliston, Natick, Framingham, Sherborn, Sudbury, Wayland, Lincoln, Concord, Acton, Boxborough, Carlisle, Maynard, Stow, Hudson, Marlborough, Hopkinton, Milford, Hopedale, Northborough, Southborough, Westborough, Shrewsbury. . 

Massachusetts Fire District 14 Technical Rescue Team

District 14 is a regional technical rescue team comprised of 35 members from 11 communities in the metro west area. The team members are from Ashland, Concord, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Marlborough, Milford, Natick, Northborough, and Shrewsbury. All members of the technical rescue team are trained to the technician level for high angle rope rescue, low angle rope rescue, trench rescue, confined space rescue and structural collapse rescue as well as having certain members trained in tower rescue, wind turbine rescue, large animal rescue, protester extrication and other technical rescue disciplines.

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chips ahoy!
4 years ago

We had an RFID installed in our dog when it was a puppy. If someone ever dognaps our dog, it can be located with that chip. Similar systems are used in automobiles. RFIDs have been used in the dairy industry for several years. It is popular in Sweden for humans.

Imagine how much simpler it would have been to locate this unfortunate woman had she been fitted with such a device. Would it really have be an invasion of her privacy? If nobody is actively caring for her, it could provide a safety/security net.

Look at all the uniforms and try to estimate the cost to the Town(s).

4 years ago

Very impressive response and a job well done by all those first responders, both the professionals and the volunteers and the citizens who took the time to make the calls that helped in the fast resolution.
kudos to all of you…and thanks.

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