15th annual Guns & Hoses is underway

RAPID CITY, S.D (KOTA TV) For the fifteenth year, Rapid City police officers and firefighters kicked off a friendly rivalry to benefit those in need.

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The Guns and Hoses blood drive is underway at the Rushmore Mall.

Brittany Sigel, the donor recruitment manager for Vitalant, says that over 50% of their blood drives have been canceled due to the COVID pandemic. On top of that, the summer months typically bring a drop in blood donations.

Currently, the Fire Department and Police Department each have 7 wins to their name -- and this year's winner will get some bragging rights over their first responder family.

"Work hand in hand and be on the same team, and now we are opposing sides and trying to compete but in the long run we know it is the community that wins," Says, Sgt. Christian Sigel, RCPD

The boys in blue are in the lead at the moment. 107 people signed in for the police -- while 73 signed in for the fire department. Overall 162 people donated 182 units of blood after day one.