12th Annual Blood Centers of the Pacific Bucket Brigade

06 Nov

12th Annual Blood Centers of the Pacific Bucket Brigade


2017-18 Blood Centers of the Pacific Bucket Brigade


Santa Rosa, CA – Blood Centers of the Pacific (BCP), in coordination with 22 fire departments across Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties, is proud to announce the 12th Annual Bucket Brigade Blood Drive Challenge. This annual blood drive event runs from December 2017 through January 2018. The Bucket Brigade Challenge is a friendly competition among participating fire departments to see which department can host the largest blood drive by enlisting firefighters, friends, family, and members of the community to donate lifesaving blood during the holiday season.

The winter and holiday season is always a challenging time for blood collections due to rainy weather, busy holiday schedules, vacation and flu season.

The recent wildfires that devastated multiple North Bay counties, along with the Gulf Coast hurricanes in September, serving as a reminder of the importance of keeping an adequate blood supply – both locally and nationally. Keeping shelves stocked by donating blood is one of many ways community members can come together to support one another. It’s the blood on the shelves today that saves lives tomorrow.

Since 2006, fire departments participating in the Bucket Brigade Challenge have recruited nearly 10,000 participants who donated thousands of units of blood for patients in Northern California hospitals. Last year, Windsor Fire Protection District took home the coveted Bucket Trophy with 86 participants.

The participating firefighters recognize the significance of their blood drives. Chief Bill Bullard of the Graton Fire Protection District is a frequent blood donor and encourages his two sons to donate. A Scout Master, Chief Bullard takes the scout slogan “Do a good turn daily” to heart stating, “As a Volunteer Fire Chief, I do my good turn through fire service and supporting my neighbors. As a Scout Master, I can instill the same level of community support to my boys and other young men.” Chief Bullard views blood donation as another way his sons and young scouts can be civic-minded and sacrifice just one hour of their time for the possibility of saving one life. That’s a great return.

Historically, the Bucket Brigade idea comes from the Great London Fire of 1666 that found community members in “brigades” as they passed buckets of water from the city’s water supply to the blaze that endangered their town and community. BCP Recruitment Manager Andrea Casson brought these participating fire departments together 12 years ago with the idea of “creating a modern Bucket Brigade that gathers our community in an effort to save lives through blood donations.”

Multiple fire departments are hosting blood drives. To find one near you, please see the complete list below. To make an appointment, visit www.bloodcenters.org/bucketbrigade or call 888-393-GIVE (4483). For your donation, please arrive well-hydrated, well-nourished, and with photo ID. For eligibility information, visit www.bloodcenters.org. As in the previous eleven Bucket Brigade events, all blood donors will receive an exclusive event T-shirt.

Community:  Ian Kanewski

Media:  Kent Corley

12th Annual Bucket Brigade Blood Drive List

Click on the blood drive to make an appointment.

Little Lake Fire Protection District
Sunday, December 3, 2017 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Bloodmobile: 74 E. Commercial Street, Willits

Rincon Valley Fire District 
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Truck Bay: 91 Middle Rincon Road, Santa Rosa

Middletown Fire Department
Sunday, December 10, 2017 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Middletown Fire Station: Bodega Bay Avenue, Sebastopol

Sebastopol Fire Department
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 1:00pm – 6:00pm
Truck Bay: 7425 Bodega Bay Ave, Sebastopol

San Antonio Volunteer Fire
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 2:00pm - 7:00pm
Bloodmobile: Cavanagh Rec Center, 426 8th Street, Petaluma

Rancho Adobe Fire Protection District
Thursday, December 14, 2017  1:00pm – 6:00pm
Bloodmobile: 11000 Main Street, Penngrove

Lakeport Fire Station 
Saturday, December 16, 2017 9:30am – 2:30pm
Truck Bay: 445 N. Main Street, Lakeport

Sonoma County Fire and Emergency
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 10:00am – 2:00pm
Bloodmobile: 2550 Ventura Avenue, Santa Rosa

Graton Fire Protection District
Thursday, December 21, 2017 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Fire Station: 3750 Highway 116 North, Graton

Fort Bragg Fire Department 
Thursday, December 28, 2017 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Fire Station: 141 N. Main Street, Fort Bragg

Glen Ellen Fire Department
Friday, December 29, 2017 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Bloodmobile: 13445 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen

Cloverdale Fire Protection District
Friday, January 5, 2018  2:00pm – 6:00pm
Fire Station:  451 S. Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale

Rohnert Park Dept. of Public Safety
Saturday, January 6, 2018 9:00am – 2:00pm
Truck Bay: 5200 Country Club Drive, Rohnert Park

Sonoma Valley Fire & Rescue
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 2:00pm – 7:00pm
Bloodmobile:  630 Second Street West, Sonoma

Santa Rosa Fire Department
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 10:30am - 2:30pm
Bloodmobile: 2102 W. College Ave. Santa Rosa

Geyserville Fire Protection District
Friday, January 12, 2018 2:00pm – 7:00pm
Truck Bay: 20975 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville

Petaluma Fire Department
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 8:00am - 1:00pm
Truck Bay: 198 D Street, Petaluma

Mendocino Volunteer Fire Department
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Fire Station: 44700 Little Lake Rd, Mendocino

Forestville Fire Department
Friday, January 19, 2018 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Bloodmobile:  6554 Mirabel Road, Forestville

Windsor Fire Protection District
Saturday, January 20, 2018 9:00am – 2:00pm
Fire Station 2: 8600 Windsor Rd, Windsor

Healdsburg Fire Department
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 2:00pm – 7:00pm
Truck Bay: 601 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg

Wilmar and CAL Fire
Monday, January 29, 2018 2:30pm - 7:30pm
Wilmar Truck Bay: 3825 Bodega Ave Petaluma