First responder agencies compete for blood donations

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RENO, NV (KOLO) Northern Nevada and Northern California communities can support local first responders and hospital patients by giving blood at the third annual ‘Battle of the Badges’ blood drives this summer.

This spirited and friendly competition pits emergency, fire and law enforcement agencies against one another to see which group can garner the most blood donations. Blood drive participants can mention whom they would like to support at each blood drive – “Team Fire,” “Team First Responders” (EMTs/Paramedics) or “Team Law.” Participants will also each receive a limited-edition ‘Battle of the Badges’ t-shirt.

Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. However, summer is a very challenging season to collect blood due to many reasons including high schools and colleges – the site of many blood drives – on break and routine donors away on vacation.

Walk-ins are welcome, but donation appointments are recommended and can be scheduled here..

Battle of the Badges Blood Drives (open to public):

June 5: Carson City Fire Department
June 12: Schurz Community
June 20: Carson City Sheriff's Office
July 16 – 17: Susanville
July 17 – 18: Winnemucca
July 21: Lockwood
July 23 – 24: Bishop
July 25: Mammoth
July 31: Virginia City
August 6 – 7: Elko
August 14: Sparks
August 14: Washoe County Sheriff’s Office
August 21: Reno
August 22: Battle Mountain
August 22: Reno Dispatch

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