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Posted on Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 3:52 p.m.

Ypsilanti Fire Department, Red Cross ask residents to donate blood

By Tom Perkins

The Ypsilanti Fire Department will partner with the American Red Cross for a blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. on June 28.

The drive will take place at the at the fire station, located at 525 W. Michigan Ave.

Ypsilanti Fire Chief Max Anthouard said the need for blood always is greater in the summer months because there is increased trauma. Blood also has a shelf life, so there is a constant need for a fresh supply.

Anthourd said having ample blood on-hand allows a “chain” of emergency responders to complete their job, which in turn saves lives.

“During emergency responses, we’re all part of a chain to save lives. From the person who calls 911 to the rehab after the emergency,” Anthouard said. “When there’s a person with a trauma who needs blood and it’s not there, then the work of everyone on the chain fails. So we all need to work together and make sure that doesn’t happen.”

Anthouard said any kids who come with their parents can get a tour of the fire department while their parents give blood.