Just one person seriously injured in a car accident can require up to 50 blood donations to help save their life.
The need for blood in Saskatchewan is constant, which is why Regina first responders were rolling up their sleeves on Wednesday to donate.
The friendly competition between the first responders is known as the Sirens for Life campaign, and runs until March 11th.
Regina Police Chief Evan Bray said the donation process is a comfortable and easy one, and encourages everyone who is able to, to donate themselves.
“The staff at Canadian Blood Services are very good, they walk you through what you need to do, it’s very straight forward and certainly I would recommend anyone not just with the Regina Police Service, but anyone in Regina comes down and takes the time to give the gift which ultimately can save a life”, said Bray.
Chief Bray was joined by other police members, Fire Chief Ernie Polsom, members of STARS Air Ambulance and Regina EMS as well.
Rob Snell a Primary Paramedic with Regina EMS sees first hand how important blood donations can be.
“Obviously we see traumas first hand and we see that need for blood, Stat weekends, winter weather, is when there is lots of accidents and a huge rise in demand so it’s really nice to see all the agencies get out and work together to get some blood,” Snell said.
Jason Prokopetz the Community Education Leader for Regina South for STARS Air Ambulance also sees the need for blood almost on a daily basis.
“There are times when a patient can receive up to six units of blood prior to arriving in Regina, so we can only put so much clear stuff in before we actually have to add the red stuff, being blood.”
Currently there are around 700 open appointments in March to come donate blood in Regina.
Katherine Wasylynka Southern Saskatchewan’s Territory Manager with Canadian Blood Services was more than happy to see public figures out donating on Wednesday.
“It’s really important to see them and it warms my heart to see so many great people out here helping in the community and saving lives.” she said.
Regina’s donation clinic is located at 2571, Broad Street.