Firefighters won blood donation challenge

Sylvan Lake Fire Department personnel won bragging rights on Saturday after winning a blood donation challenge.

Sylvan Lake Fire Department personnel won bragging rights on Saturday after winning a blood donation challenge.

The firefighters challenged Sylvan Lake RCMP members to “a life-saving competition” to see which group could bring in the most donors to the regular blood donor clinic at the community centre.

Thirty donations were credited to the firefighters including six new donors, said Tanya Paul, community development coordinator with Canadian Blood Services, Red Deer. The RCMP were credited with 19 donations including contributions from five new donors.

Overall the clinic collected 53 blood donations. The target of Canadian Blood Services is 58 donations but since the Sylvan Lake clinic is so new Paul said 53 “is a really good number”.

“As for new donors, 11 new donors — that’s amazing,” she said.