Yesterday, the Bayonne Fire Department held their first blood drive of the year supporting Community Blood Services. The department holds two blood drives annually, one of which is in conjunction with, a bone marrow registry.

At the event many precautions were taken to ensure the safety of the donors and the blood. All donors were required to fill out an in-depth questionnaire. Then, technicians ran number of tests on potential donors including height, weight, temperature, pulse, blood pressure, and hemoglobin count.

Ahmed Omar, a donor at the event, told Hudson TV about an experience where he needed a blood transfusion and how it lead him to give blood himself. “I realized someone just saved my life by giving blood, so I became a regular blood donor.”

Many hospitals are in dire need of blood, and Community Blood Services help support many different of those hospitals in the area.