Fairfax County to Host 2015 World Police and Fire Games


Aug. 5 2009
OPA 144/09

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  • International sporting event predicted to draw more than 10,000 competitors.
  • Estimated $35 million benefit to region's economy.

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Fairfax County has been selected to host the 2015 World Police and Fire Games, the Board of Supervisors confirmed at its meeting on Aug. 3. 

“This is the second largest international athletic competition in the world, and is a wonderful opportunity for the county,” notes Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova. “In addition to the economic benefits, the games are a chance to promote our county to thousands of visitors from around the world.”

One of three finalists, Fairfax County outbid Toronto-Ontario and Winnipeg-Manitoba to win the rights to host the competition, which will take place at venues across Fairfax County and the region. 

“We were very excited to be chosen. We think we have an exciting product to sell,” said Sully District Supervisor Michael Frey, who represented the county on the bid committee.  “But there’s no question that the involvement, passion and commitment our public safety officials have demonstrated over the years is what really sold the federation.”

The games are an Olympic-style event held biennially throughout the world to promote friendly competition, camaraderie and international relationships among participants.  More than 10,000 emergency personnel from over 60 countries participate in the events.

More information about the 2015 World Police and Fire Games in Fairfax County can be found online.

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