Firefighters, police team up to increase summer blood donations
Firefighters, police team up to increase blood donations
Donors join fight against summer blood shortages
Firefighters and law enforcement officers will join forces in July for the 15th annual Guns-N-Hoses campaign to increase the number of blood donations made during the critical trauma period.
Firefighters and law enforcement officers often are aware of the need for blood, responding to emergency situations throughout the year. They have joined forces in July to give blood themselves, and to encourage the public to join them in helping to save lives. Those who come to donate blood during Guns-N-Hoses can enter to win up to $1,000 in free gas from Marathon®!
“Not everyone can save someone from a burning building or put criminals behind bars,” said Rodney Wilson, spokesperson for the Central Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross, “but when you donate blood with fire and police officers this July you can make a difference by helping save up to three lives with your single donation.”
Sponsored by ABC 6/FOX 28, WLVQ FM96 and Clear Channel Outdoor Digital, Guns-N-Hoses began in 1996 as a friendly competition between police and fire officers to see who could bring in the most blood donations. Those who donate during the campaign, from June 24- July 31, can make their donation a vote for either fire fighters or police officers. In the end, the patients who benefit from the available blood products are the real winners.
This dynamic campaign is scheduled during the critical summer “trauma season” when the demand for blood often exceeds the supply. Trauma season, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, is characterized by an increase in motor vehicle crashes and related injuries. At the same time, busy summer schedules mean people are less likely to give the ‘gift of life.’
Members of key law enforcement and firefighters organizations - Local 67 of the International Association of Firefighters, the Fraternal Order of Police Capital City Lodge No. 9, the Ohio State Troopers Association and the Buckeye State Sheriffs Association – are expected to donate more than 1,500 pints of blood in July. Approximately 15,200 additional blood donations will be needed to collect the 18,100 pints of blood required to meet the demand for the month and the public is urged to come and help meet that need.
The Current Guns-N-Hoses Score as of July 13, 2010:
Guns = 537
Hoses = 834