SEQUIM — Bloodworks Northwest collected 28 units during its blood drive — and registered 18 first-time donors — at the Unity of Effort earlier this month in Sequim.
Aug. 10 was the first time that event host Security Services Northwest has held a blood drive as part of its annual celebration of emergency first responders.
“We were very pleased with the drive overall, and the willingness of the donors to share this life saving gift,” says Jeanie Larson, Bloodworks Northwest donor recruitment representative.
“The efforts of Security Services NW have always been greatly appreciated and their support of the community blood program will go a long way toward replenishing blood supplies and ultimately saving lives. We very much appreciate their efforts during this crucial time.”
Justine Wagner, SSNW executive assistant and blood drive coordinator, said Security Services Northwest plans to have Bloodworks Northwest back at next year’s event, set for Aug. 8, 2020.
Unity of Effort’s emergency medical contingent showcasing their skills for the public included a three-member helicopter team with Airlift Northwest, Olympic Ambulance, Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue, Clallam County Fire District 3 and a five-member U.S. Navy Search and Rescue helo team from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.
The helicopter units in particular drew a lot of interest from the public. Airlift Northwest flight nurse Joel McCulloch had an opportunity to explain in-flight emergency care and pilot Toby Norris talked about the helo’s performance such as its cable-cutting capabilities to keep it copter safe from unity line entanglement as it lands in urban environments.
“There’s so much to learn from the professionals and volunteers who contribute to our emergency services, from nurses to EMTs to paramedics,” Security Services Northwest president Joe D’Amico said.
“Unity of Effort is such a satisfying event because we get to thank the men and women doing the job, and learn what we can do to support their efforts.”