2013-08-29 / Around Town

Fire and Police Collaborate to Help Save Lives

The public is welcome to join in the first friendly blood drive competition between the Newport police and fire departments on Saturday, Aug. 31. The departments are encouraging individuals to support their local heroes by donating at the blood drives.

The Rhode Island Blood Center will have bloodmobiles at both departments from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The fire department drive will be held at its location at 21 West Marlborough St., with the police department at its headquarters, 120 Broadway.

These blood drives are particularly significant because they bring together first responders who often see first-hand the critical need to have blood products on hand in the event of an emergency.

Winners, regardless of who brings out the most donors, are those individuals who are hospitalized in our community and require blood transfusions. Each day, the Rhode Island Blood Center is charged with the responsibility of collecting up to 280 pints of blood to assure an adequate and safe blood supply at area hospitals.

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