Make your blood donation with Loudoun County Fire and Rescue on April 16

Loudoun County Fire and Rescue is joining Inova Blood Donor Services to host a blood drive at the Oliver Robert “O.R.” Dubé Fire and Rescue Training Academy in Leesburg on Friday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and encourages all Loudoun residents to participate.

Each year hemorrhage or uncontrolled bleeding accounts for nearly 1.9 million deaths worldwide and loss of blood is the leading cause of preventable death from injury.

 As part of the innovative FACT*R (Field Available Coordinated Transfusion Response) program, whole blood is now being carried on Emergency Medical Services units in both Loudoun and Arlington Counties, a first for Virginia, and the Washington D.C. Metropolitan region. The success of the FACT*R program is directly impacted by the availability of blood from Inova Blood Donor Services and your donations. “Blood products donated through Inova stay local, right here in the Northern Virginia region, so your donation is truly an example of neighbors helping neighbors,” says System Chief Keith H. Johnson.

Please note appointments are required and any walk-in donors will be offered the next available appointment if available. Photo ID, face coverings, and social distancing are required for entry. To learn more about the FACT*R program, whole blood carried on LC-CFRS EMS units and the Loudoun County paramedics who will deploy this potentially lifesaving treatment view this quick video.

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