Prince William County will host five events at this year’s World Police & Fire Games, including those at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket. The County will be holding several sporting events throughout the week in various locations June 26th – July 5th.
The World Police & Fire Games is a biennial athletic event offering police officers, firefighters, customs and correction officers from around the world an opportunity to showcase their athletic excellence in Olympic style sporting events. In order to be eligible to compete in the World Police & Fire Games, each participant must be at least 18 years old and be publicly employed as a full-time law enforcement officer or career firefighter and must have formal firefighter or law enforcement officer training. Participants’ primary occupation must be that of a law enforcement officer or firefighter, and they must be a member of an eligible agency or a retired law enforcement officer or firefighter from an eligible agency. Each must have been sworn or appointed as a firefighter or law enforcement officer by an eligible agency.
The National Association of Counties says that in addition to featuring typical competitions such as track and field events, the games also offer specialized events tailored to test job skills of public safety and emergency service personnel.
Retired and current police personnel can compete in service dog competitions (narcotics and explosive detection, subduing suspects; a police biathlon (shooting targets, running for three miles); pistol events (action pistol, combat and center fire); and police motorcycle rodeo (shows off skills of motorcycle police, similar to motocross).
Fire personnel can compete in a stair race (26 flight race up and down a tower, with full firefighting gear); ultimate firefighter (a decathlon type event with rescue, ladder climbing, agility and ax work); firefighter muster (a team event that includes the hose lay, hose roll, midnight alarm, ladder climb, tug of war and water barrel obstacle course); and firefighter bucket brigade (where competitors race to transfer water from one container to another).
Outnumbering even the Summer Olympics in terms of competitors (10,568 athletes participated in the 2012 London Summer Games), the worldwide athletic competition will play host to more than 12,000 athletes from 70 countries as they take part in 1,600 medal events across 61 sporting events over 10 days.
The World Police & Fire Games is expected to draw an estimated 15,000 – 30,000 visitors to the region.
The Prince William County Chamber of Commerce and Discover Prince William and Manassas held a panel discussion with Bill Knight, CEO of the games, as well as staff from their planning office. The discussion focused specifically on informing local business owners on how they can get involved while the games are in session.
“We are so excited to have the opportunity to welcome and support police and fire personnel from around the world,” said Ann Marie Maher, President/CEO of Discover Prince William & Manassas.
All events will be open to the public and free to attend. For more information on the World Police & Fire Games, including volunteer opportunities and a schedule of events, visit www.fairfax2015.com.