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Battle Of The Badges: INOVA Blood Donor Services

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b2ap3_thumbnail_redshirt.jpgBattle of the Badges is a blood collection competition to rally the most blood donors in support of Fire & Rescue or Law Enforcement.  We need you to donate blood, host a blood drive* and encourage your communities to participate in this event. 

Men and women in uniform help save lives every day. As a proud sponsor of the 2015 World Police & Fire games, Inova Blood Donor Services has organized a friendly blood collection competition called Battle of the Badges, to rally blood donors and save lives! All badge carrying personnel, along with their families and friends and the general public will have the opportunity to choose which team their donation benefits. It’s Law Enforcement vs. Fire & Rescue, saving lives…on and off the job. Let’s save lives together, one pint at a time.” Terri Craddock ~ Director, Inova Blood Donor Services

Battle of the Badges runs from May 1 to June 26, but this joint venture will last a lifetime, as we help to increase the blood supply for patients in the diverse community we are all privileged to serve.

Each donor will receive a t-shirt representing the team their blood donation benefits.  Fire & Rescue participants will receive a red t-shirt and Law Enforcement will receive a blue t-shirt.  Our collection goal is set for 4,000 units of blood! 

The best way to support the Battle of the Badges by hosting a blood drive.  Challenge another agency by hosting a blood drive during the competition at your precinct.  Blood drives run a minimum of 4 hours to a maximum of 7 hours and can run from 6 AM to 6 PM. 

While the competition does not officially kick off until May 2015, the Fairfax County Public Safety agencies held the first official blood drive on Monday, March 23 at the Fairfax County Public Safety Offices – the Massey Building. The turnout was better than expected and Law Enforcement is already leading the competition with 39 units collected to the Fire Services 28 units.

There are already two additional blood drives scheduled in Fairfax County. On Thursday, May 14 at the Fairfax County Government Center and a re-match at the Massey Building on Monday, May 18, so the Fire Service can redeem themselves!

INOVA Health System is looking for other public safety agencies to host a blood drive and take part in the Battle of the Badges. So, if you know of a law enforcement or fire and rescue agency interested in getting involved, please share this information!  

To make your lifesaving appointment today please visit www.inova/donateblood and click on Schedule a Donation, then click on Donate Blood, and use our code Sponsor Code 1300 or you can call this number 1-866-BLOODSAVES (1-866-256-6372).  Please see the schedule below for available blood drive dates.

To schedule a blood drive today please contact the Account Manager for Inova Blood Donor Services, Toba Azimi at the Direct Line: (571) 434-3636 or by email at:

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