Emergency service workers come together to give blood as the Sirens for Life 2019 challenge kicks off in Halifax

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Emergency service workers come together to give blood as the Sirens for Life 2019 challenge kicks off in Halifax.

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Emergency service workers in Halifax Regional Municipality are continuing to answer the call to help save more lives as part of this year’s Sirens for Life campaign.

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The friendly challenge between Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency, Halifax Regional Police, RCMP, and EHS runs the entire summer and the life-savers with the most collected donations wins the Sirens for Life trophy.

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Canadian Blood Services is asking residents to join Canada’s Lifeline by donating blood in support of their local emergency services teams.

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Emergency service workers often see the need for blood firsthand. Just one person who is seriously injured in a car crash could need as many as 50 blood donations to help save their life.

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The goal for this year’s Sirens campaign is to collect 200 units of blood and recruit 50 new donors. The campaign runs for the entire summer.

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Last year, Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency answered the challenge with 47 total units. Can HRP, RCMP or EHS beat that to win the trophy?

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The main types of blood donation include:

  • whole blood donation – a standard donation, consisting of plasma, red and white blood cells, platelets, antibodies and other components
  • plasma donation – also known as apheresis. Plasma is separated from the other components by a special machine, and the red blood cells are returned to the donor in cycles throughout the donation
  • platelet donation – known as plateletpheresis. This is done in a similar way to plasma donation, but both the red cells and plasma are returned to the donor.

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