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Police share top spot in blood donor challenge: efforts not in ‘vein’

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QFES Acting Deputy Commissioner Mark Roche, QPS Superintendent Glenn Horton and QAS Assistant Commissioner Stephen Gough

Queensland Police are the joint champions of a blood donation contest between the state’s Emergency Services.

The Queensland Police Service and the Fire and Emergency Services took out the top spots in the 2014 Red Cross Blood Service Emergency Services Challenge.

Over an eight-week period, police, firefighters, paramedics and SES volunteers from across Queensland battled it out to see who could save the most lives through blood donation.

Police made the highest number of donations, saving more than 700 lives with their 244 donations.

Commissioner Ian Stewart congratulated all members and families who rolled up their sleeves to help.

“Once again there has been a big turnout from our officers in support of the challenge,” Commissioner Stewart said.

“Members of the Police Service and families made 244 donations – more than double the number of our donations in last year’s contest.

“Through the course of their work, members of the police service know how important and indeed life-saving blood donations can be.

“Participating in this challenge is another way police can support their community.

“The contest encourages friendly competition between the emergency services, but in the end the real winners are those who receive the blood donations.”

The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services took out the award for the highest number of donations for membership size, with 104 donations.

In total, emergency services across the country made 3576 donations saving 10,728 lives.

Every week the Blood Service needs 27,000 blood donations around Australia to meet patients’ needs.

“Donating blood takes a short amount of time, but can mean a lifetime for someone else,” Commissioner Stewart said.

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QFES Acting Deputy Commissioner Mark Roche, QPS Superintendent Glenn Horton and QAS Assistant Commissioner Stephen Gough

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