World Police and Fire Games
Fairfax County Office of
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 711, FAX 703-324-2010
Aug. 1, 2006
Fairfax County Advances in Selection Process as Potential Host of 2013 World Police and Fire Games
Site Inspection in September
Fairfax County has officially advanced to the second round of the selection process for hosting the 2013 World Police and Fire Games and is preparing for a site inspection Sept. 8-12. The games are an Olympic-style event held biennially throughout the world to promote friendly competition, camaraderie and international relationships among participants.
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly said the games would “enhance the prestige of Fairfax and generate economic revenue for local businesses.” The 10-day event is predicted to bring as many as 10,000 participants and 15,000 visitors.
Participants include full-time and retired law enforcement officers and firefighters competing at different levels of athletic skill. Approximately 60 events are held during the games, including cycling, basketball and cross-country and not so typical events such as tug-of-war, wrist wrestling and dirt biking. The games offer more sports than the Summer Olympics and are second to the Summer Olympics in the amount of competitors.
Team Fairfax 2013 will welcome the inspection committee Sept. 8-12. Once here, the inspection committee will evaluate hotel availability, restaurants, athletic venues, transportation, overall knowledge of the games by government officials and public safety leaders. Some potential locations for events include the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy, the Washington Dulles Hilton, the Dulles Expo Conference Center and George Mason University. The opening ceremonies for the games would be celebrated at RFK Memorial Stadium in Washington, D.C. Several mid-week socials would be offered and held at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, Steven F. Udvar Hazy Center, and the Pentagon. The closing ceremonies would be held at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts.
The games are about more than the athletic competitions themselves. Bruce Blechl, a Fairfax County police officer and executive director of Team Fairfax 2013 said, “The games are about uniting a community comprised of various and multiple ethnicities for a common cause; to take pride in your community. The games provide ample opportunity to form partnerships between the public and private sector by working together to showcase Fairfax County on an international plateau.”
Other locations across the globe are also in contention including, Denver; Calgary, Canada; Innsbruck, Austria; and Belfast, Northern Ireland. The 2007 games will be held in Adelaide, the 2009 games in British Columbia, Canada and the 2011 games are slated for New York City. For more information on the games, please visit www.cpaf.org.
For more information members of the media may contact Bruce Blechl at 703-449-7222, TTY 711 or Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly at 703-324-2321, TTY 711.