Northern California Fire Departments Compete to Collect Lifesaving Blood

30 Nov



Santa Rosa, CA – Blood Centers of the Pacific (BCP) is partnering with fire departments across Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties for the 11th Annual Bucket Brigade Challenge. The challenge runs from December through January and is a friendly competition to see which department can host the largest blood drive. Fire departments taking part in the challenge enlist neighbors, co-workers, friends and family to donate lifesaving blood during the holiday season.

With the rainy weather, busy holiday schedules and flu season, winter is a challenging time for blood centers to receive the blood they need to save the lives of hospital patients.

“BCP is grateful for the continued dedication of our fire personnel,” said BCP recruitment manager Andrea Casson. “For over 10 years, they have helped to keep our blood supply strong. Through the generosity of blood donors, the Bucket Brigade Challenge ultimately helps provide hope to local patients and their families.”

Since 2006, fire departments have recruited over 9,000 participants who donated thousands of units of blood for patients in Northern California hospitals. Last year, Windsor Fire Protection District (WFPD) took home the coveted Bucket Trophy with 112 people registered, and Healdsburg Fire Department came in second with 70 registrants. Captain Dean Crothers of WFPD says blood donation is full circle, adding “as a first responder it makes it more special, we can see the need at an emergency scene.”

Captain Crothers encourages community participation: “I’m proud of the firefighters and proud of the community. Come down to WFPD … we’ll save lives together, feed you, hang out and put the game on TV.”

The idea of the Bucket Brigade 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. This modern day Bucket Brigade gathers our community in an effort to save lives through blood donations.

Retired Fire Chief Doug Williams of Rincon Valley and WFPD says “To the firefighters, the Bucket Brigade is a continuation of supporting the community’s need to save lives. It is different than being hands-on with the fire hoses, but just as important to provide blood to the local hospitals. From our perspective, it is saving lives.”

Multiple fire departments are hosting blood drives. To find one near you, please see the complete list below. To make an appointment, visit bloodheroes.com or call 888.393.GIVE (4483). For your donation, please arrive well hydrated and nourished with photo identification. For eligibility information, visit bloodcenters.org. Donors will receive a special event T-shirt.

Ian Kanewski

Jeanne Nielsen

11th Annual Bucket Brigade Blood Drive List

Rincon Valley Fire District
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Truck Bay: 91 Middle Rincon Rd, Santa Rosa

Rancho Adobe FPD
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Bloodmobile: 11000 Main St, Penngrove

Graton Fire Protection District
Thursday, December 8, 2016 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Bloodmobile: 3750 Highway 116 North, Graton

Sonoma County Fire and Emergency
Thursday, December 8, 2016 9:30am - 2:30pm
Bloodmobile: 2550 Ventura Ave, Santa Rosa

Sebastopol Fire Department
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 1:00pm – 6:00pm
Truck Bay: 7425 Bodega Bay Ave, Sebastopol

Lakeport Fire Station
Saturday, December 17, 2016 9:30am - 2:30pm
Truck Bay: 445 N Main St., Lakeport

Little Lake Fire Department
Sunday, December 18, 2016 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Bloodmobile: 74 E. Commercial St, Willits

San Antonio Volunteer Fire
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 2:00pm – 7:00pm
Bloodmobile: Cavanagh Rec Center, 426 8th Street, Petaluma

Fort Bragg Fire Department
Tuesday, December 27, 2016 1:30pm – 5:30pm
C.V. Starr Community Center: 300 S. Lincoln Street, Fort Bragg

Sonoma Valley Fire & Rescue
Tuesday, January 3, 2017 2:00pm – 7:00pm
Bloodmobile: 630 Second Street West, Sonoma

Glen Ellen Fire Department
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Bloodmobile: 13445 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen

Forestville Fire Department
Thursday, January 5, 2017 2:30pm – 6:30pm
Bloodmobile: 6554 Mirabel Rd, Forestville

Cloverdale FPD
Friday, January 6, 2017 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Training Room: 451 S. Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale

Rohnert Park Dept. of Public Safety
Saturday, January 7, 2017 9:00am – 2:00pm
Truck Bay: 5200 Country Club Drive, Rohnert Park

Santa Rosa Fire Department
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 9:00am - 1:00pm
Bloodmobile: 2102 W. College Ave. Santa Rosa

Geyserville FPD
Friday, January 13, 2017 2:00pm – 7:00pm
Truck Bay: 20975 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville

Petaluma Fire Department
Wednesday, January 19, 2017 8:00am - 1:00pm
Truck Bay: 198 D Street, Petaluma

Windsor FPD
Saturday, January 21, 2017 9:00am – 2:00pm
Fire Station 2: 8600 Windsor Rd, Windsor

Mendocino Volunteer FD
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Fire Station: 44700 Little Lake Rd, Mendocino

Middletown Fire Department
Friday, January 27, 2017 10:00am – 2:00pm
Middletown Community: 21095 State Hwy 175, Middletown

Healdsburg Fire Department
Saturday, January 28, 2017 9:30am – 2:30pm
Truck Bay: 601 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg

Wilmar and CAL Fire
Monday, January 30, 2017 2:30pm - 7:30pm
Wilmar Truck Bay: 3825 Bodega Ave Petaluma