Midland Fire, Police Compete for Blood Donations

Midland Fire, Police Compete for Blood Donations

It's an annual showdown and it's all about raising awareness for the desperate need for blood in West Texas.

This is a friendly competition between our first responders.

The two departments have teamed up with United Blood Services. It's called "Battle of the Badges."

The first day is September 9 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the police department. Over at the Central Fire Station, you can donate from 8 a.m. until noon.

The blood drive continues Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Midland Park Mall from noon until 6 p.m.

West Texas hospitals need about 130 pints of blood every day for trauma and cancer patients, surgeries and other lifesaving procedures.

"The department that gets the most donors to donate gets this huge trophy and it's big. And we put 'Battle of the Badges Competition' on it for whoever wins. And I have a pretty good idea of who's going to win but I'm not going to say," joked Dianne Scott, the senior donor recruitment representative for United Blood Services.

All donors will get a Battle of the Badges T-shirt and you can expect free food and coupons to area businesses.

One blood donation - that's just one pint - can save up to three lives.