Bay Area Firefighters Ready for the Challenge

Vitalant, in coordination with 22 fire departments across Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties, is set for the 13th Annual Bucket Brigade Blood Drive Challenge. This annual blood drive event runs from December 2018 through January 2019.

The Bucket Brigade Challenge is a friendly competition among participating fire departments to see which department can host the largest blood drive by enlisting fire fighters, 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. 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 over 10,000 participants who donated thousands of units of blood for patients in Northern California hospitals. Last year, Geyserville Fire Department took home the coveted Bucket Trophy with 97 participants, followed by Windsor with 93 registered donors.

Here is a list of this year's drives. You can click on them to schedule your appointment.
December 5, Wednesday - Graton Fire Protection District
December 9, Sunday - Middletown Fire Department
December 11, Tuesday - Sebastopol Fire Department
December 15, Saturday - Lakeport Fire Station
December 18, Tuesday - Sonoma County Fire and Emergency
December 26, Wednesday - Little Lake Fire Department
December 27, Thursday - Fort Bragg Fire Department
December 28, Friday - Glen Ellen Fire Department
January 3, Thursday - Rincon Valley Fire District
January 3, Thursday - Mendocino Voluntter Fire Department
January 4, Friday - Cloverdale Fire Protection District
January 5, Saturday - Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety
Janaury 9, Wednesday - Santa Rosa Fire Department
January 10, Thursday - Rancho Adobe Fire Protection District
January 12, Saturday - Geyserville Fire Protection District
January 15, Tuesday - Petaluma Fire Department
January 18, Friday - Forestville Fire Department
January 19, Saturday - Windsor Fire Protection District
January 23, Wednesday - Sonoma Valley Fire & Rescue
January 26, Saturday - Healdsburg Fire Department
Janaury 28, Monday - Wilmar & San Antonio Volunteer Fire Departments

Thousands of volunteers blood drive coordinators partner with us to ensure a safe blood supply is available for patients who need it. 


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