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Woopi firies give a bit extra

Woolgoolga Fire Station members (front, from left) Gary Howard, Drew Armitage and Lee Varney and (at back) Chris Barnes at the blood donor centre.
Woolgoolga Fire Station members (front, from left) Gary Howard, Drew Armitage and Lee Varney and (at back) Chris Barnes at the blood donor centre. Bruce Thomas

WOOLGOOLGA’S firefighters are often called on to save lives and now they’ve stepped up to save even more.

Brigade members arrived en masse at the Coffs Harbour Blood Donor Centre today to give blood at what is the busiest time of year for the Australian Red Cross Blood Service.

“This is the first time we’ve given blood as a brigade and it definitely won’t be the last,” said brigade deputy captain Drew Armitage.

“Our inspector Tony Lenthall did it in Port Macquarie recently and we thought now it’s our turn.

“With us being a primary rescue station we see a lot of accidents and the impact they have on people so we thought it would be a good thing to do.”

Mr Armitage said the challenge was now on for other fire stations across the Coffs Coast and personnel involved with other emergency serviced to follow in their footsteps.

“I think the main thing is we see the impact of accidents and at Christmas the call goes out from the Red Cross for more blood donations.

“If the service can get a bit of publicity out of it, it might spur people on to do it.”

The Coffs Harbour Blood Donor Centre has just moved to HomeBase and is open from Monday to Saturday. It can be contacted on 6653 0600.

Topics:  blood donors firies woolgoolga



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