Battle of the blood

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"I'm sorry to say the police services seem to be lacking," said Mayor Deb Higgins. 

Gord Hewitt tests his blood at the Canadian Blood Services tent during Sidewalk Days. Times-Herald photo by Mickey Djuric

In the city's fight for summer blood donors, that is. 

Sirens For Life, launched during Sidewalk Days, challenging local firefighters, EMS members and police to see who will contribute the most at the blood donor clinic in Moose Jaw, on July 8 and August 5 at the Golden Nugget. 

The mayor, EMS members and firefighters showed up to the Canadian Blood Services tent during Sidewalk Days Thursday to get their blood tested and learn about the challenge, while at the same time commenting on the absence of the police department. 

"I certainly hope the police come out in force Tuesday, and are able to compete in the challenge and make sure they give everyone a run for their money. It's going to be fun."

However, Mike Slater, EMS member said the Moose Jaw Police Service don't have a fighting chance in the challenge.

"We're going to win because we have more blood to give. We're members of the community as well. If we can give back in a different way, well that's important to us," said Slater.

The Moose Jaw Fire Department was also excited to be there.

"As soon as we heard the word challenge, we were like okay, let's do this," said firefighter Gord Hewitt. "We feel good being down here. It's an important thing to give blood because we see certain things first hand."

Despite a no show by the MJPS, Sgt. Cliff Froehlich, assures they take this challenge seriously. 

"When you're playing second fiddle to the police in the blood donor services, you can do the trash talk and that's where it's coming from," said Froehlich about the fire department. He thinks his teams biggest challenge will be against the EMS.

"EMS is pretty crafty," he said.

Friendly banter aside, the MJPS see this as a great cause for the community.

"We see a lot of youth in serious accidents, that's a portion of our job, so blood services is important to us," said Froehlich. 

Locals can compete in the Sirens for Life summer blood drive by signing in as a friend or family member for either the EMS, fire department, or police when donating blood on Tuesday and/or in August. 

The emergency service workers who bring in the most family and friends will win the challenge.

Blood testing will also take place at the Canadian Blood Services tent during Sidewalk Days. 

"Fire protection services, police and EMS are everyday heroes," said Jamie Lewis, territory manager for Canadian Blood Services. 

"But this summer they get to step up and be heroes again to patients of Saskatchewan by making blood donation a part of their summer routine." 

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