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Saving lives is in their blood

Tasmania Police, Fire, SES and Ambulance personnel will be saving lives in more ways than one way this winter when members take part in the annual Australian Red Cross Lifeblood Emergency Services Blood Drive.

Tasmania Police donated blood 192 times in the 2023 drive and assistant commissioner Rob Blackwood said he was confident his team could save even more lives this year.

“Donating blood or plasma is a great way for people to support their community and Tasmania’s emergency services are ready for some friendly rivalry as part of this important blood drive,” he said.

“Emergency service members see first-hand the importance of blood donations and we’re looking forward to seeing how many donations we can make this year.”

The Tasmania Fire Service topped the tally for Tasmania in 2023 with 244 donations.

Lifeblood spokesperson Leanne Murdock said emergency services workers were used to saving lives and was confident they would step up to save even more by rolling up their sleeves to donate blood and plasma.

“We hope the community follows their lead and books appointments to donate,” she said.

“You don’t have to work in emergency services to save lives, all it takes is an hour of your time at a nearby donor centre.

“You can join this blood drive with your emergency services workers by joining one of their Lifeblood teams and donating at least once by the end of August.”

The drive will run from 1 June to 31 August.

To make a blood donation appointment call 13 14 95 or visit www.donateblood.com.au

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About the Author: Simon Andrews

Simon is a passionate journalist and finds joy in uncovering and sharing locally resonant stories, immersing himself in the hearts of communities. He can often be spotted out and about sourcing grassroots news for the Hobart Observer and its sister papers.

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