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Local fire departments host 15th annual competition

December 25, 2020
15th Annual Bucket Brigade Blood Drive List and schedule

Vitalant, in coordination with 21 fire departments across Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties, is proud to announce the 15th Annual Bucket Brigade Blood Drive Challenge. The Challenge is a friendly competition among participating fire departments to see which department can host the largest blood drive between December and January by enlisting firefighters, friends, family and members of the community to donate lifesaving blood. 

Surges in COVID-19 cases, wildfires, hurricanes and other natural disasters combined with the cancellation of blood drives at schools, businesses and community organizations have brought the blood supply to a critical level on a national level. Donating blood is one of many ways community members can support one another. Per Governor Gavin Newsom, “Blood donation is critically important to ensure our hospitals have the supplies they need to give life-saving care to patients. Our state is at its best when we look out for one another. I encourage every eligible Californian to support their community by becoming a donor.”

Since 2006, fire departments participating in the Bucket Brigade Challenge have recruited more than 11,000 participants. Last year, Sonoma County Fire District won the coveted Bucket Trophy with 100 participants. Participating firefighters recognize the significance of their blood drives. Erich Engle of Sonoma County Fire District is a frequent blood donor and encourages community members to “make time this winter to support their local firefighters and donate blood.”

The Bucket Brigade idea comes from the Great London Fire of 1666 that found community members in “brigades” as they passed buckets of water from the city’s water supply to the blaze that endangered their town and community. Vitalant Senior Director of Donor Recruitment, Andrea Casson, brought these participating fire departments together 15 years ago with the idea of “creating a modern Bucket Brigade that gathers our community in an effort to save lives through blood donations.”

Multiple fire departments are hosting blood drives. As a special thank you, blood donors will receive an annual event T-shirt.

To find a drive near you, please see the complete list below. To make an appointment, visit or call 877-258-4825. For your donation, please arrive well-hydrated, well-nourished, with a face mask and photo identification. For eligibility information and to learn more about how we are adjusting to the pandemic, visit



Fort Bragg and Mendocino Volunteer Fire Department Monday, December 28, 2020 1:00pm – 5:30pm Tuesday, December 29, 2020 10:00am – 2:30pm Town Hall: 363 N. Main Street, Fort Bragg


Forestville Fire Department Wednesday, December 30, 2020 2:30pm – 6:30pm Fire Station: 6554 Mirabel Rd, Forestville 


Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety Sunday, January 3, 2021 9:30am– 2:30pm SOMO Event Center: 1100 Valley House Drive, Rohnert Park 


Santa Rosa Fire Department Wednesday, January 6, 20219:30am – 1:30pm City Conference Center: 35 Stony Point Rd, Santa Rosa


Healdsburg Fire Department Saturday, January 9, 20219:30am - 2:30pm Fire Station: 601 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg 


Hopland Volunteer Fire Department Wednesday, January 13, 20212:00 pm – 6:00pm Fire Station: 21 Feliz Creek Road, Hopland


Sonoma County Fire District Rincon Valley Station Thursday, January 14, 2021 1:30pm – 6:30pm Location TBD 


Rancho Adobe Fire District Thursday, January 14, 2021 12:00pm – 5:00pm Location TBD 


Cloverdale Fire Protection District Friday, January 15, 20211:30 pm – 6:00pm Fire Station: 451 S. Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale 


Northern Sonoma County Fire Protection District Friday, January 22, 2021 1:30pm – 6:30pm Fire Station: 20975 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville 


Sonoma Valley Fire & Rescue Authority Wednesday, January 20, 2021 12:00pm – 5:00pm Location TBD


Wilmar and San Antonio Volunteer Fire Departments Monday, January 25, 20212:00pm – 7:00pm Wilmar Fire Station: 3825 Bodega Ave Petaluma


Petaluma Fire Department Wednesday, January 27, 2021 8:00am - 1:00pmTBD


Sonoma County Fire District Windsor Station Saturday, January 30, 2021 9:30am - 2:30pm Huerta Gym: 9291 Old Redwood Hwy #200, Windsor