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World Police & Fire Games “Get Active” Within the Community

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In an effort to help spread the word about next summer’s Games and attract both volunteers and participants from local communities, Fairfax 2015, the not-for-profit corporation created to administer the World Police & Fire Games, will participate in several community events and public activities over the next 10 months.  

“From the Reston Triathlon to the Virginia State Police Chief’s Association Annual Conference, Fairfax 2015 will have a major presence at some of the most popular and heavily attended public events and functions in and around Northern Virginia,” said Manager of Community Outreach, Courtney Counts.  “Depending on the nature of each event, we plan to do something a little different each time around.”  At the October 4 and 5 Fall for Fairfax Festival, for example, Fairfax 2015 will host  the “2014 Fall for Fairfax Invitational Pickleball Doubles Tournament” while fielding a chili cookoff team as part of Oktoberfest Reston’s Guns ‘N Hoses competition on October 11 and12.

At each event, Fairfax 2015 will distribute competition information while furthering their call for volunteers, upwards of 4,000 of which will be needed to help facilitate next Summer’s Games.

Upcoming events at which the World Police & Fire Games Team will activate include:

Pink Heelz, Reston Town Center (Sept. 6) and at Fairfax Government Center (Sept. 9)

Fall for Fairfax Community Festival, Fairfax Government Center (Oct. 4 - 5)

Youth For Tomorrow County Fair & Auction, Bristow, VA (Oct. 4)

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ride to Remember, Washington, DC, (Oct. 11 - 12)

Oktoberfest Chili Cookoff Competition, Reston, VA (Oct. 11)

For additional information, or to volunteer for next summer’s Games, please visit

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VOLUNTEER Search Now Underway for Next Summer’s WPFG

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b2ap3_thumbnail_newsletter-0914-volunteers.jpgYou might think that 12,000 police officers and firefighters all gathered in one place would be enough to handle any potential situation that might arise; but when the World Police & Fire Games comes to Fairfax County next summer, that number will fall short by about three or four thousand.  

What could possibly be needed over and above that throng?

The answer is: VOLUNTEERS.

When the 2015 World Police & Fire Games turns Northern Virginia into the largest athletic playground the area has ever seen, a virtual army of VOLUNTEERS will be necessary to ensure that the 61 different individual, team and tactical events spread across 53 venues in ten days will come off without a hitch.  To facilitate that need, Fairfax 2015, the non-profit organization established to manage the Games, has formally launched its VOLUNTEER drive with an eye toward that lofty objective.  

“Our VOLUNTEERS will be the backbone, heart and soul of our event, both during the Games next summer and over the course of the next 10 months leading up to the Games,” said Kim Palmese, Director, Workforce for Fairfax 2015.  “We will look to these individuals for dozens of roles and functions … everything from welcoming visitors, transporting athletes and assisting our sports coordinators at each competition venue to helping behind the scenes with technology, medical, protocol, communication, marketing, even the posting and dissemination of competition results.”

The rewards, Palmese says, will surely transcend the time devoted.  “The World Police & Fire Games offers our VOLUNTEERS the opportunity to inspire, celebrate and honor those public safety officials who give so much to us every day of the year,” she said.  “This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play a major role in one of the largest, multi-sport, multi-venue events the world has ever seen.”

According to Palmese, VOLUNTEER opportunities are available immediately.  While college and university interns are already contributing their time, talents and capabilities for real-world experience and school credits, supporting needs are very much prevalent throughout every division within the Fairfax 2015 corporate office.  Additionally, Fairfax 2015 will create their own series of proprietary promotional events and participate in a series of external, existing events, virtually all of which require VOLUNTEER support.

“Words cannot express the gratitude that we have for our public safety officials, but actions can,” Palmese said. “As such, we encourage all area residents to VOLUNTEER and support the public safety officials who have dedicated their lives to serving us and our community.”

To VOLUNTEER, please contact Kim Palmese at or visit

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Athlete Registration Begins October 1st

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b2ap3_thumbnail_newsletter-0914.jpgThe vigil began as far back as August 10, 2013 during the closing ceremonies of the 2013 World Police & 

Fire Games in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

With the 2015 Games already awarded to Fairfax County, the anticipation grew with each passing day. The question we heard most frequently was predictable: “When can we sign up?”

In a few short days that wait will be over.

On Wednesday, October 1, individual and team registration will officially open for the 2015 World Police & Fire Games, set to unfold in Fairfax County and the National Capital Region from June 26 through July 5. With 61 sports to be contested at 53 venues across ten days next summer, athletes and police and fire officials will soon be able to stake their claim to a guaranteed slot within the competition. “Athlete registration is a critical milestone as this activity truly kickstarts the momentum for the Games,” said Fairfax 2015 Vice President of Venues & Competition DJ Mackovets. “The buzz and the chatter on social media and the Fairfax 2015 website have been enormous. We know that the moment registration opens, the action will be furious. We fully expect several sports to ‘sell-out’ in a matter of weeks.”

The urgency, Mackovets says, is legitimate. As the potential competitive field for several of the sports can be limited by venue size and available dates, once a field is filled, it’s filled. “Obviously, events such as cross country, swimming, half-marathon and several of the cycling sports could accommodate an unlimited number of participants, you can only fit so many flag football, softball, volleyball and soccer teams into a venue and only field a limited number of weightlifters, wrist wrestlers and martial artists,” he said. And once a competition field is filled, well, “you can’t squeeze a round peg into a square hole,” Mackovets says.

Once open, registration will take place exclusively online through the competition website – Each event will carry its own pricing structure with rules, regulations and
tournament formats clearly defined and also available online. There is no pre-qualification necessary, no preliminary tournaments nor feeder events, and the Games are structured so as to provide a
competitive balance for teams and individuals across all sports, with divisions specifically for beginners, intermediate and advanced participants.

“We strongly advise and encourage all interested parties to read and review the rules, regulations and requirements of each sport thoroughly, well in advance of registration opening,” Mackovets says. “This way, they can pull the trigger quickly when the site goes live.”

For additional information, or to register (after October 1), visit

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Open Ceremonies To Be Held At Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium

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b2ap3_thumbnail_rfkstadium.jpgOpening Ceremonies for the Fairfax 2015 World Police & Fire Games will be held at the historic Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington, D.C. - affectionately known as “RFK” around the globe. RFK is the current home for Major League Soccer's D.C. United. Many remember this great stadium as the previous home to football's Washington Redskins and baseball's Washington Nationals.

In 2011, the AT&T Nation’s Football Classic™, an annual football game between two historically black colleges and universities, joined the diverse schedule of events at the stadium. Music fans have also been thrilled by performances under the stars at RFK by artists such as Elton John, the Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, U2, the Eagles and the Grateful Dead. An illustrious roster of legends have passed through the stadium doors, but the evidence shows, the future is as bright as ever.

And now this great stadium will host public safety athletes of both law enforcement and fire services from over 70 countries. It is our hope to produce an Opening Ceremony fitting of these great heroes.

Getting To RFK Stadium
We encourage all athletes and guests to take Metrorail for the 2015 World Police & Fire Games Opening Ceremonies. Both the BLUE and the ORANGE lines will take you to the Stadium - Armory stop. The stadium entrance is just a very short walk from the Metro station. Games volunteers will direct you to the appropriate entrances.


ATM Machines
ATM Machines are located throughout the stadium:
200 Level (Main Concourse)

  • Behind Section 207 – Near Gate A
  • Behind Section 219 – Near Gate F

300 Level

  • Behind Section 318 – Near the D.C. United Team Store

Credit Cards
The food concessions operated by Centerplate accepts Visa, Mastercard and Discover at all concession locations throughout the stadium.

There is an elevator available for disabled persons and patrons with suite tickets by the RFK Stadium Administrative Office entrance at Gate A (near Section 208). There is also an elevator located within the stadium at Section 210.

Guest Services
Guest Services is located on the 300 level behind Section 307. Guest Services representatives assist fans during games with stadium information, lost children, driving directions, car trouble and wheelchairs.

Lost and Found
Guests needing to claim or report lost items during our event should visit Guest Services on the 300 level behind Section 307. Guests may contact Lost and Found at (202) 608-1100 to inquire about and/or retrieve lost items.

Smoking Policy
Smoking is prohibited in all seating areas of RFK Stadium. 

Umbrellas are not permitted in the stadium for the safety and sight lines of other fans. Rain gear of choice is a poncho. For more information, please see the list of prohibited/permitted items.

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FLASHBACK: Royal Canadian Mounted Police Won Curling Gold

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b2ap3_thumbnail_curling.jpgAs we look forward to Sochi 2014 we can proudly say that the Winter Olympic Games aren't the only multi-sport games to host the Curling event. The 2009 World Police & Fire Games hosted in Vancouver, British Columbia brought Curling into their sports program. 

The results for the Unisex Open Teams: Royal Canadian Mounted Police won Gold consisting of team members Fister, Blachford, Meyer and Russell. A combined agency team consisting of members from across Canada won Silver. Their team makeup included Moss, McCourt, Haichert and LaLonde. Bringing home the Bronze medal was the Canada Border Services officers with team members Oda, Derrick, Christiansen and Gayler.

Curling has been described as the “Roarin’ Game”, with the “roar” coming from the noise of a granite stone as it travels over the ice. The exact origins of the game, however, are unclear, but curling is widely believed to be one of the world’s oldest team sports.

Curling in its early days was played on frozen lochs and ponds. A pastime still enjoyed in some countries when weather permits, but all National and International competitive curling competitions now take place in indoor rinks with the condition of the ice carefully temperature-controlled. It is also clear that the first recognized Curling Clubs were formed in Scotland, and during the 19th Century the game was “exported” wherever Scots settled around the world in cold climates, most notably at that time in Canada, USA, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway and New Zealand.

During the meeting of the IOC Executive Board held June 22-23, 1993 in Lausanne, the Organizing Committee of the Nagano Olympic Winter Games (NAOC) officially agreed to include Curling in the programme of the XVIII Olympic Winter Games in 1998. Eight teams for men and women participated in Nagano, and this was increased to ten from the Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games of 2002 onwards.


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Fairfax 2015 Receives Final Approval For Sports Program

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b2ap3_thumbnail_frontpage-finalsportslist.jpgLast week the Planning Team for the Fairfax 2015 World Police & Fire Games hosted meetings with the WPFG Federation. One of the main purposes of these talks is to obtain approval for planned venues, sports program, schedules as well as the overall plan for the Games.
Fairfax 2015 has been working extremely hard over the past 10 months on a number of changes to improve the athlete experience. Venues have been upgraded, changes to the sports program and a robust accommodations plan with superior athlete benefits. 
Your 2015 Planning Team is pleased to announce the following WPFG Federation approved sports updates:
SPORTS GROUPINGS: Adjustments will be made to the website ( ) to display the sports reflective of the WPFG Registration System. As a result, our sports number will be adjusted to 61 instead of the previously mentioned 40. Most of the sports will remain grouped in the social network area due to the cross-competitive nature of the events. 
SPORTS TITLES: Several sports will be renamed. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu will be listed as Submission Grappling. This new sport for the WPFG will be hosted by both the 2015 and 2017 Games. Other sports will be relabeled for consistency. 
PROGRAM CHANGE: Earlier this year a review was performed of the sports program to create a final list to present the Federation. As a result, the previously announced sports program with the addition of Baseball has been approved.  No other changes to the sports program will be made from this point forward. The final sports list for Fairfax 2015 World Police & Fire Games is as follows:
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BEHIND THE SCENES: Red vs Blue Sports Icons

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We answer an athlete's question from our website describing the difference between the new RED vs BLUE sports icons as related to the 2015 World Police & Fire Games. 

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Fairfax County Virginia Accepts World Police & Fire Games Flag in Belfast

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Belfast, Ireland (Aug. 12) – Fairfax 2015, the organizing committee for the next World Police & Fire Games, received the official flag of the Games at an elec
tric and emotional closing ceremony attended by thousands of athletes and volunteers. The transfer of the flag marks the official handoff of the biennial games from Belfast to the National Capital Region in 2015.

We wish to thank the federation for providing Fairfax County the opportunity to host the world in 2015,” said Lt. Bruce Blechl of the Fairfax Police Department.

The World Police & Fire Games is one of the largest multi-sport, multi-venue amateur athletic events in the world, second only to the Olympics. The Games feature competitions ranging from weightlifting to darts and draw more than 12,000 competitors from police, fire and public safety agencies worldwide in more 70 countries. 

In addition to the flag, the Flame of Hope symbol of the Special Olympics was carried by an athlete and a member of the Law Enforcement Torch Run team and ceremoniously handed over to a representative from Fairfax to begin the journey to its new home. Participants widely praised Belfast and Northern Ireland for hosting the best and “friendliest games ever,” Blechl said.

The 2013 Games in Belfast featured a group of about 60 men and women from the National Capital Region among a large contingent of American competitors. The USA garnered the most medals with 346, followed by Spain with 257 and the UK with 203. Host Northern Ireland earned 120 medals.

Fairfax County Police officers Mike Tucker and Mark Kidd won gold medals in the darts competition, defeating dart throwers from around the world in ‘501’ doubles. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue firefighter Sam Gray won a silver medal in 2000-meter indoor rowing and bronze in 8K mountain running.

The spirit of the WPFG, just concluded in Belfast, is one of camaraderie and sportsmanship among members of law enforcement and first-responder agencies from around the world. The Games encourage volunteerism and good citizenship, and serve to educate young people on the benefits of sports and physical fitness. The Games are designed to build new partnerships between public safety agencies, businesses and communities.



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