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Emergency Services set out to save lives through blood donation

Today the Queensland Police Service (QPS) commences the challenge between the state’s Emergency Services to see which service can save the most lives through blood donation.

Over a thirteen-week period, police, firefighters, paramedics and SES volunteers from across Queensland will compete to see which service can donate the most blood.

In the 2015 challenge, police gave the highest number of donations. They saved more than 1500 lives with the service’s 517 donations, beating the overall goal of 500 donations.

Today Acting Commissioner Stephan Gollschewski along with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Katarina Carroll and Queensland Ambulance Service Deputy Commissioner Craig Emery attended the launch.

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Acting Commissioner Gollschewski, Queensland Ambulance Service Deputy Commissioner Emery and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Carroll kicking-off the Emergency Services Blood Challenge

Acting Commissioner Gollschewski said the goal for the QPS in this year’s challenge was to make 600 donations and save 1800 lives.

“We are setting ourselves a big goal but we are confident our members will rally to meet it,” Acting Commissioner Gollschewski said.

“We’ve got some tough rivalry with our fellow emergency services, so this should make for an interesting competition.

“Through the course of their work, members of the police service know how important 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.”

“Every week the Blood Service needs more than 25,000 blood donations around Australia to meet patients’ needs.

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

For more information you can visit here: www.donateblood.com.au

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