Emergency services come to the rescue as flu season hits

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Tasmania’s emergency service personnel will saving lives in a different way this winter – by donating blood and plasma during Lifeblood’s annual Emergency Services Blood Drive.

This year’s Blood Drive was launched on June 5, with staff from organisations including Tasmania Police, Tasmania Fire Service, Tasmania SES and Ambulance Tasmania collectively aiming to make more than 500 donations over the next three months.

It comes at a time when donors are needed urgently as cold and flu season ramps up, impacting blood supply.

“The cold and flu season, combined with ongoing COVID cases, has created a perfect storm for a potential blood donor shortage,” Australian Red Cross Lifeblood spokesperson Leanne Mangano said.

“About 2000 donors a week are cancelling and rescheduling appointments nationally due to cold and flu symptoms.

“While regular donors are being sidelined, it is inspiring to see our emergency services workers leading the way to donate. While we expect some friendly competition between the organisations, we are so grateful for their support.”

Tasmania Police Assistant Commissioner Rob Blackwood said blood donations enable emergency services workers to help the community in a different way.

“We see first-hand how important blood donations are in our jobs assisting the Tasmanian public who have been injured because of a traffic crash, crime or other incident,” he said.

“Last year, Tasmanian emergency services teams made a record-breaking 492 donations. That’s 1476 lives saved.

“We are hoping that we can beat the record again this year to help people in need of blood and blood products.”

Lifeblood is urging the community to come to the rescue and book a donation. To book, phone 131495, visit lifeblood.com. au or download the Donate Blood App.

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