City services | July 6, 2021
This year has looked a little different, but one thing that has not changed is the need for life-saving blood donations. Donations in the summer months trickle in slower due to summer vacation plans and people being away from their normal routines. The need for blood never takes a vacation which is why Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services (MFES) has teamed up with other local first responders to give the gift of life – blood donations.
On July 2, Mississauga’s Donation Centre (Heartland), run by Canadian Blood Services, hosted the annual Sirens for Life challenge to help meet the needs of hospital patients this July and August. Local emergency responders including Peel Regional Police, Brampton Fire and Emergency Services, Oakville Fire and Emergency Services, Correction Officers from the Toronto Detention Centre and Peel Paramedic Services signed up to donate blood and is challenging the community to do the same.
“First Responders, like our local Mississauga firefighters, save lives each and every day. I am exceptionally proud of the men and women who go above and beyond the call of duty and roll up their sleeves to donate blood,” said Mississauga Fire Chief, Deryn Rizzi. “Last year, in the midst of the pandemic, Sirens for Life collected over 185 units of blood and I hope we can beat that this year.”
Sirens for Life 2021 kicked off on July 2 at the Mississauga Donation Centre (Heartland) and will continue until September 8. Residents can help contribute to MFES’s overall goal by calling 1-888-2-DONATE or visiting blood.ca to make an appointment and indicate the donation is for Mississauga’s Fire and Emergency Service’s Siren’s for Life campaign.