Queensland Police are the reigning champions of the annual Red Cross Blood Service Emergency Services Challenge contest between the state’s Emergency Services, after taking out the top spot for the second year in a row.
Over a thirteen-week period, police, firefighters, paramedics and SES volunteers from across Queensland battled it out to see who could save the most lives through blood donations.
Police made the highest number of donations, saving more than 1500 lives with 517 donations, and beating the overall goal of 500 donations.
Commissioner Ian Stewart congratulated all members and their families who rolled up their sleeves to help.
“Once again our officers have been responsible for a tremendous turnout in support of the challenge,” Commissioner Stewart said.
“Members of the Police Service and their families made 517 donations – over 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 life-saving blood donations can be.
“Participating in this challenge is another way police can support their community.
“The contest inspires friendly competition between the emergency services, but in the end the real winners are those patients receiving the blood donations.
“Hopefully we can double our donations again next year.”
The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services took out second place with 372 donations, and the Queensland Ambulance Service registered 214 donations.
In total, emergency services across the country made 7,184 donations.
Each week the Blood Service needs over 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.