Battle of the Badges Blood Drive is under way


LifeSouth Community Blood Centers has announced the 2024 Battle of the Badges, a blood drive competition challenging first responders across Northeast Florida to donate.

All in the community are encouraged to donate throughout April at LifeSouth blood donor centers and blood drives on behalf of either the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office or Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Department as part of the competition in seeing who receives the most blood donations.

Battle of the Badges will conclude on April 30; the winner will be announced in May.

In Florida, the state is hovering between a one- to two-day blood supply or less, according to America’s Blood Centers. All blood types are needed to help support the local blood supply, ensuring hospitals have the blood required on a daily basis to treat trauma cases, surgical procedures and patients needing blood transfusions.

Battle of the Badges is an opportunity for first responders to provide the community with lifesaving service, in addition to the vital work they do across Northeast Florida day in and day out.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, LifeSouth supplies blood to 70% of Northeast Florida hospital beds through its service to many regional hospitals, including Baptist Medical Center Beaches, Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville, Baptist Medical Center Nassau, Baptist Medical Center South, HCA Florida Memorial Hospital, HCA Florida Orange Park Hospital, UF Health Jacksonville, UF Health North and Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

These hospitals rely on LifeSouth and LifeSouth blood donors to make sure blood is available before it is needed. All blood types are asked to donate now to ensure local hospitals have the blood needed to help patients suffering from traumas, cancers and chronic illnesses.

All Battle of the Badges participants will receive a $20 e-gift card, special recognition T-shirt and more. The winner of the competition will receive a plaque celebrating their accomplishment, as well as bragging rights. Participating organizations include Veterans United Craft Brewery, Fishweir Brewing Company, Dick’s Wings and Grill (Mandarin and San Pablo), Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department, Downtown Jacksonville and Fire Academy of the South.

All blood drives (listed below) are open to the public. Walk-ons are available, but appointments are encouraged. 

Participating First Responder Drives:

  • City of Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department, 515 N. Julia Street. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 11
  • Fire Academy of the South, 2700 Firefighter Memorial Drive, Jacksonville. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 12.
  • JSO Zone 6 Substation, 1680 Dunn Ave, Jacksonville. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 16.
  • JSO Zone 1 Substation, 5258 Norwood Avenue, Jacksonville. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 18.
  • JSO Zone 4 Substation, 3726 Blanding Boulevard, Jacksonville. 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 19
  • Veterans United Craft Brewery, 8999 Western Way Ste 104, Jacksonville. 1-6 p.m. April 20.
  • Dick's Wings and Grill — Mandarin, 10550 Old St. Augustine Road, Jacksonville. 2-8 p.m. April 23.
  • Fishweir Brewing Company, 1183 Edgewood Ave S., Jacksonville. 1-7 p.m. April 24.
  • Dick's Wings — San Pablo, 14286 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach. 2-8 p.m. April 24.

For additional information about donation or to find a blood drive near you, call LifeSouth toll-free at 888-795-2707, go to or download the LifeSouth app. Appointments can also be made online.