Queensland Police have been named victors of the Red Cross Blood Service Emergency Services Challenge between the state’s emergency services for making the highest overall number of donations.
Over a 13 week period, police, firefighters, paramedics and SES volunteers from across Queensland have competed against one another to see who could save the most lives through blood donation.
Police matched last year’s total number of donations, saving more than 1500 lives with 517 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.
“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 encourages friendly competition between the emergency services, but in the end the real winners are those who receive the blood donations.
“Donating blood takes a short amount of time, but can mean a lifetime for someone else.”
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services closely followed with 439 donations and Queensland Ambulance Service finished in third place, making 176 donations. Across the three main services an impressive 3396 lives were saved.
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Many local police districts showed their support during the challenge, you can see below.