Volunteer Games Makers FAQs


Be a part of this exciting international event and meet people from around the world while acting as an ambassador for Fairfax County and the National Capital Region. The 2015 World Police & Fire Games will feature thousands of public safety athletes from nearly 70 countries taking part in 61 sports in 53 area venues. And it will take over 3,000 VOLUNTEERS backing them up to make it all happen.


Volunteer Program

Volunteer Journey Timeline


July 2014 – Present

Open registration

VOLUNTEERS can begin expressing interest in volunteering for the different positions

Jan – March 2015

Review applications

VOLUNTEER applications will be reviewed

March 2015

Background checks begin

Background checks will be processed for VOLUNTEER applicants

March – May 2015

Notify applicants

VOLUNTEERS will be notified and contacted about Pre-Games VOLUNTEER opportunities

May - June 2015

Shift Assignments

VOLUNTEERS will be notified of their Games roles, shift assignments, and training schedules AFTER sports bracketing has been completed

May - June 2015


Depending on assignments, certain positions will require additional training

June 2015

Uniform & Credentialing

At the beginning of June VOLUNTEERS can pick up their uniforms & accreditation

June 26, 2015


What is the VOLUNTEER Program?

The VOLUNTEER Program will be “the Spirit of the Games.” They will be the teams of  VOLUNTEERS that will be recruited to support the delivery of the Fairfax 2015 Games, such as:

  • Language Services
  • Parking
  • Games Ambassador
  • Spectator Seating
  • Parade Marshall
  • Accreditation

When can I start VOLUNTEERING for the Games?

We have VOLUNTEERS helping us right now. If you are located in the Fairfax County and National Capital Region we can use you now. Whether you come to the office, or help us out at our events, we are looking for friendly, energetic and interested VOLUNTEERS. Contact us at volunteer@fairfax2015.com

What is the time commitment?

We ask for all VOLUNTEERS to sign up for a minimum of four shifts (16 hours) during the 2015 Games. Each shift will be approximately 4-6 hours long, depending on the VOLUNTEER’s role and venue. Priority for scheduling will go to those available for four or more shifts.

What skills are needed to be a VOLUNTEER?

We have a variety of VOLUNTEER roles, all of which require enthusiasm, commitment and motivation! We have roles for every type of VOLUNTEER. There are some roles that will require special skills and training. For a brief look at the roles click here.

How many VOLUNTEERS will the Games require?

It is expected that the Fairfax 2015 Games will recruit and engage 4,000 VOLUNTEERS.

What will I get out of being a Games VOLUNTEER?

VOLUNTEERING will provide you with an opportunity to be a part of this exciting international event.

  • be involved in the delivery of the largest multi-sport, multi-venue event to come to Fairfax County and the National Capital Region
  • meet athletes and visitors from all over the world
  • show your pride in Fairfax County and the National Capital Region
  • meet new people
  • develop new skills

What age do I need to be to VOLUNTEER?

You must 18 years of age by July 6, 2015 to VOLUNTEER

How do I sign up to VOLUNTEER?

We are accepting VOLUNTEER applications for the Fairfax 2015 World Police & Fire Games now on our website: www.fairfax2015.com/volunteer.

Volunteer Application and Selection Process

If I apply am I automatically selected?

All VOLUNTEER applications are accepted pending a positive background result and scheduling will be offered with priority given to those able to meet the four shift minimum.

Is the role I want guaranteed?

We will to the best of our ability match VOLUNTEERS based on their skills, experience, availability and “spirit” to the roles. The earlier one registers the better the chance you will have to get your first choice. Under these specific requirements applicants may not be offered their preferred role.

I am having difficulty with my application/I want to withdraw my application/I want to access/change my profile?

If you have any questions about your application, the process, or need to withdraw your application, please email us at volunteer@fairfax2015.com. To update your profile, please CLICK HERE

I have submitted my application, what are the next steps?

Background checks are processed for all VOLUNTEERS and will be followed up by email outreach to volunteers about pre-game volunteer opportunities. Position assignments and scheduling for VOLUNTEER shifts during the Games will be completed in May after bracketing. Training will be coordinated at that time. Please visit the VOLUNTEER page for the VOLUNTEER Journey Timeline.

Is there something I should be doing prior to the selection process?

If you have any questions about your application, the process, or need to withdraw your application, please email us at volunteer@fairfax2015.com. To update your profile, please visit CLICK HERE.

What should I do if I want to VOLUNTEER with my friends?

You can sign-up with as many of your friends as you would like. You can select a specific area and VOLUNTEER together. In the event that a job responsibility /area is full you may request to be assigned if an opening arises. We promise to do our best to meet everyone’s request!

What requirements are there to begin my application process?

There are no specific requirements to begin your application process. A few things to keep in mind are: a Government issued identification will be required for you to VOLUNTEER, background checks will be conducted and for VOLUNTEERS that are working in transportation, warehouse operations etc. you will be required to have a valid driver’s license. The VOLUNTEER application process takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and will cover details from availability to uniform sizes. You must complete the entire application form in order to save. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at volunteer@fairfax2015.com.

Volunteer Training

Will training be provided to VOLUNTEERS?

All VOLUNTEERS will be required to attend training in advance of their participation with the Games. The depth and extent of the training will be dependant on the role of the VOLUNTEER.

What is the purpose of VOLUNTEER training?

Training will be to prepare you for Games time and to make sure you feel comfortable and confident in your role. All VOLUNTEERS will receive orientation, role and venue specific training.

When and Where will training take place?

Trainings will be available on-line and in-person depending on the role. Training may begin as early as April and end as mid-June dependent on the VOLUNTEERS role and availability.

Scheduling and Event Days

What will a normal VOLUNTEER day look like, i.e. how long will I work?

Event Days can run as long as 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM. VOLUNTEER shifts will run 4-6 hours, some will be shorter and some may be longer. If you are involved in the “field of play” area and/or the medical category, these shifts may run longer.

What will happen when I arrive at the venue?

At the beginning of each workday/shift, a VOLUNTEER team leader will start the shift with an introduction, a brief overview of the days responsibilities and instructions. Each VOLUNTEER will be given the appropriate number of breaks depending on the shift duration for food, water and the necessities.

Is my VOLUNTEER shift cancelled if it rains?

Generally, all shifts will go on as planned even in the case of rain. Severe weather may alter the outdoor sporting events, and thunder and lighting may disrupt your shifts. In the event of inclement weather, please check our web page www.fairfax2015.com for the latest information.

What is Provided to all Volunteers

Will VOLUNTEERS be provided identifying attire?

Fairfax 2015 will provide all VOLUNTEERS with Games related attire. All VOLUNTEERS are required to wear the complete attire when performing their duties during the Games. You should wear comfortable shoes, as many positions will require you to be on your feet for long periods of time. Closed toe shoes are a must, with athletic shoes or boots are recommended.

What type of transportation assistance will be provided?

You will be responsible for your own transportation to events for the Fairfax 2015 World Police & Fire Games (WPFG). Fairfax 2015 cannot reimburse VOLUNTEERS for travel costs associated with traveling to the Games. VOLUNTEERS may be able to utilize Games transportation within and around Fairfax County depending on venue shifts and reporting times.

What accommodations/housing arrangements are being made for VOLUNTEERS?

We love VOLUNTEERS, but due to the large volume that is needed to ensure the success of the 2015 Games, VOLUNTEERS must provide (pay) for their own accommodations. Our Fairfax Accommodations Team can provide suggestions and/or recommendations for cost effective lodging.

Will food/meals be provided for VOLUNTEERS?

Fairfax 2015, will provide credentialed VOLUNTEERS with meals and refreshments during all shifts worked. We do not provide VOLUNTEERS to the Games with per diem/stipends.

International Volunteers

Are you accepting VOLUNTEERS from outside the States?

Absolutely! If you can get here we can use you! Fairfax 2015 would welcome VOLUNTEERS that have participated in World Police & Fire Games previously. As with VOLUNTEERS from the United States you will be required to submit to a background check.


As a person with a disability; will you provide reasonable adjustments so I can VOLUNTEER?

Fairfax 2015 aims to match all VOLUNTEERS with a role that is both suitable and enjoyable. We ask that you let us know of any particular access requirements so we can support you effectively.

As a person with a disability; can I apply to VOLUNTEER?

Yes you can apply! Please include all relevant information regarding your disability with your application.