12,000 professional, public safety athletes from 70 countries competing in 60+ sports to qualify for over 1,600 medal events. Are you ready?

I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am for Fairfax 2015! I have always wanted to visit Washington, D.C. and for the games to be scheduled during the 4th of July is a bonus! This is going to be awesome!

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In 1985, the World Police & Fire Games Federation, a non-profit organization, run by the Californian Police Athletics Federation, established the World Police & Fire Games. Today, the World Police & Fire Games are a spectacular international sporting event, offering police officers, firefighters, customs and correction officers from around the world an opportunity to showcase their athletic excellence in over 65 sporting events.

THE WPFG CONTINUES TO GROW IN BOTH SIZE AND SCOPE

Held biennially, the World Police & Fire Games will be held in Fairfax County, Virginia, USA in 2015, Montreal, Canada in 2017 and Chengdu, China in 2019. The size and scope of the games continues to grow, with both the attendance and number of participating countries steadily increasing. The international community eagerly bids for the rights and opportunity to hold this exciting event. Previous hosts have included:

  • 1995 - Melbourne, Australia
  • 1999 - Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2003 - Barcelona, Spain
  • 2013 - Belfast, Northern Ireland

On the average, one and one-half persons accompany each competitor. This means that a total of 15,000-30,000 visitors come to the Host City and its environs during the 10 day event, creating an exciting and rewarding community-wide sporting and cultural event. In addition, the economic impact of the “Games” is substantial, not only during the Games but before and after as well, as many competitors and their guests remain in the area or arrive early for their vacation/holidays.

I just learned that the World Police & Fire Games are coming to Fairfax County. This is such a wonderful, family event that exposes our children to athletics through their firefighter and police heroes. And the fact that everything is free makes this a must see event in 2015! Thank you Fairfax! '.

FAIRFAX COUNTY RESIDENT

BASIC REGISTRATION RULES - OPENS OCTOBER 2014

World Police & Fire Game Entrant Eligibility

In order to be eligible to compete in the World Police & Fire Games, a person:

  • Must be at least 18 years old and be publicly employed as a full time Law Enforcement Officer or Firefighter;   
  • Must have formal Firefighter or Law Enforcement Officer training; 
  • Their primary occupation must be that of a Law Enforcement Officer or Firefighter;
  • Must be a member of an eligible agency; or, a retired Law Enforcement Officer or Firefighter from an eligible agency.
  • Must have been sworn, or appointed, as a Firefighter or Law Enforcement Officer by an eligible agency. 
  • Training/Academy Time:  If an agency hires officers or firefighters but requires completion of an academy prior to swearing in, the competitor may use the first day of the academy for the sworn date on the Sports Entry Form.

Retired Firefighters & Law Enforcement

Any person that enters the WPFG as a retired Law Enforcement officer or Firefighter must provide identification, in the form of an identification card or letter of identification from their agency, at Host Registration.  The two primary eligible retirement status definitions are as follows:

Normal Retirement:  The person has served an eligible agency for a time long enough to qualify for service retirement and has reached the age established by their retirement system for such retirement.

Length of Service Retirement:  The person has completed no less than 20 years of good conduct service, and resigns from his/her service, with or without a retirement benefit.

Other criteria may apply, including “Deferred Retirement”, “Lump Sum Retirement”, “Contract Retirement” and “Disability Retirement”.  Contact the Federation Headquarters office in San Diego if you are unsure as to your status.  Upon request from the Host or the WPFGF, any medically-retired entrant must provide a sport-specific medical release, authorizing that person to compete in the sport.

Register Early - Spaces May Be Limited

Limits: Venues or other Host considerations may limit the number of competitors or teams that may enter a sport or event.  Applicants in these sports or events will be accepted on a first comefirst served basis. 
 
EXCEPTION:  A limited number of positions may be reserved where it is deemed beneficial by the WPFGF to encourage specific groups to participate. (Example:  female competitors in Golf.)  These positions, if not filled, will be released on a date agreed upon by the Host and the WPFGF and filled from a first come-first served reserve list established by the WPFGF. 
 
Quotas:  In order to encourage participation from throughout the world, the WPFGF and Host may agree to allocate by quotas, entries from various regions of the world in sports with “Limits” (as described above).  The world will be  divided into geographic regions and equal numbers of entry positions will be reserved for each region for an agreed-upon period of time.  When this time has elapsed, the quotas will be lifted, and any remaining positions in these sports will be filled on a first come-first served basis, starting with entries already received and being held.

WPFGF Official Competition Categories

All sports will be offered in one or more of the following categories:  Men’s, Women’s and Unisex.  Unisex may be further defined using the categories  Mixed or  Coed.  Each of these categories will  include an age division.  If all categories compete together, the term Open may be used to denote an all-inclusive age division.  “Open” may have other meanings.  For example, if “Open” is used with other age divisions, it includes only ages from 18-29.  “Open” may indicate the highest skill level, unclassified skill level or all-inclusive skill level and must so state.   

“CONTACT SPORTS”:  Woman may not compete against men in contact sports.  All contact sports except Wrestling include Men’s and Women’s events. 

BY THE NUMBERS

12,000+

INTERNATIONAL ATHLETES

30,000+

ACCOMPANYING VISITORS

60,000+

HOTEL ROOM NIGHTS
 

15,728

ATHLETES IN 2011

FAIRFAX 2015 STATS

3,000,000

WEBSITE PAGE VIEWS / MONTH

100,000+

FACEBOOK / TWITTER FANS
 

5,860,000

D.C. METRO AREA POPULATION

1,118,000

POPULATION OF FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA

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