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Emergency Services Blood Challenge sets new record
CFA has recorded its best result in the recently completed 2017 Emergency Services Blood Challenge with its members recording 940 donations over the three-month event.
Now in its ninth year, the initiative sees emergency services personnel across the country donate blood as part of a friendly inter-agency competition with the very serious aim of saving lives.
Over the winter months blood supplies can often decrease due to potential donors catching colds and flus, making them ineligible to donate for a period.
The Emergency Services Blood Challenge organised by the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, is therefore critical in helping to ensure sufficient supplies of donor blood.
The challenge commenced June 1 and continued through to August 31, yielding outstanding results.
This year a total of 3,076 donations were registered by Victorian Emergency Service staff across 11 agencies, a tally roughly equating to a potential 9,228 lives saved.
Victoria Police trumped the competition in the state with 1,085 recorded donations, with CFA securing second place.
Last year CFA took out all the state awards with 744 recorded donations, and this year we managed to increase that number by 196 donations.
Chief Officer Steve Warrington commended the fantastic effort of CFA members and other emergency services personnel across the country.
“It’s great that our members are always ready to step up and take on any challenge and the Emergency Services Blood Challenge is no exception.
“CFA prides itself on its dedication to the community; this is just another way that our members go the extra mile in looking after their fellow Australians.
Although the Emergency Services Blood Challenge has concluded for the year the Australian Defence Blood Challenge has just begun.
The Royal Australian Navy, Royal Australian Army, Royal Australian Air Force and Defence public servants are now taking over the reins and calling on their own to donate.
Acting Chief Officer of the North East region Paul King, recently retired CFA blood cross co-ordinator John Lloyd, Wellbeing Support Officer Naomi Engelke and Melton Firefighter Trevor Rickards and Leigh Marsh attended the official launch of the challenge at Victoria Barrack to pass the baton.
Another year of the challenge is over, but CFA will be looking forward to next year’s challenge and reclaiming top spot. Now it’s over to Defence, good luck everyone.
For more information on this year’s Emergency Services Blood Challenge click here