PHOTO: Victoria Fire Department Lieutenant Greg Mitchell donates blood during a blood drive hosted by the City of Victoria. The City hosts an annual blood drive in honor of Emergency Medical Services Week.

We have the perfect opportunity for you to donate blood!  The Victoria Fire Department has organized a blood drive that will take place from May 17-23rd at South Texas Blood and Tissue Center.  The public is invited.  Due to COVID-19 shutting down many blood banks, there is a severe blood shortage, however the doors remain open at the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center.

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Male donors with O-positive blood should ask about signing up for the Brothers in Arms program. These donors will be asked to give blood on a regular basis to ensure a steady supply of blood for emergency transfusions in the field. The Victoria Fire Department is one of the only first responder organizations that performs whole blood transfusions in the field, and the technique has been shown to greatly enhance survival rates for trauma victims.

At this time you will need to schedule an appointment.  You can do so by  visiting  .southtexasblood.org or call 210-731-5590 and be sure to mention that you’re donating in honor of EMS Week.

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