While 2009 may be coming to a close, many of us are looking ahead to 2010 … including the hundreds of police, firefighters and EMS personnel who
will be attending the 2010 Can-Am Police-Fire Games in Dublin, Ohio during the week of August 15-22.

To date, competitors from more than 100 different police and fire agencies have registered. These include the FBI, Calgary Police Service, Chicago Fire Department, Baton Rouge Police Department, CBP-United States Border Patrol, Correctional Service of Canada, Columbus Division of Police, Department of Homeland Security, Indianapolis Fire Department, Department of National Defence Canada, Federal Air Marshal Service, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, NYPD, Oregon State Police, New Jersey State Police, Tempe Police & Fire Departments and US Customs & Border Protection … among many others. And the list keeps growing. Daily.

During that exciting week in August, an estimated 2,500 competitors  (and their families) will travel to Dublin from across the globe to compete in 58 different sporting events—including SWAT,  Narcotics Dog, Tug of War, Karate and Toughest Competitor Alive.  The games are expected to generate an economic impact of more than $3.5 million to the local economy. Events will kick off on Sunday evening, August 15 at Coffman Park with a family friendly Opening Ceremonies featuring some amazing demonstrations. Best of all, events are free and spectators are encouraged to come out and cheer on the competitors.

So, while you are penciling in dates for your 2010 calendar—be sure to include the 2010 Can-Am Games. Really … this is going to be one unforgettable week in Central Ohio.

-Post by Mary

Exciting news …  Dublin’s 2010 Canadian-American Police-Fire Games has just been named to the American Bus Association’s  list of “Top 100 Events 2010 Can-Am Police-Fire Gamesin North America for 2010.”  The event will be held August 15-22 here in Dublin, Ohio.

The Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau partnered with the City of Dublin to secure the international event that will generate an economic impact of more than $3.5 million to the local economy, attract more than 2,500 attendees from across North America and generate an estimated 4,400 room nights for Dublin’s hotels. The week-long, Olympic-type competition among police officers and fire fighters will include 50-70 events, such as basketball, weight lifting, K-9 Police, track and field, toughest firefighter, cycling, etc. The competitions will be held at various locations across central Ohio with the event’s headquarters and accommodations for participants in Dublin.

ABA’s 2010 Top 100 Events Selection Committee selected the 2010 Can-Am Police-Fire Games from among hundreds of U.S. and Canadian events nominated by state and provincial tourism offices and convention and visitors bureaus. Judges considered the events’ broad appeal, its accessibility to motorcoaches and a variety of other relevant criteria.  Go here for more information about the 2010 event. For the ABA’s 2010 List of Top 100 Events in North America, go here.

In less than a year, Dublin, Ohio will host one of the largest events ever to be held in our city when the Canadian-American Police-Fire Games comes to town, August 15-22, 2010. The games will include 58 events and will attract an estimated 2,500 police, fire and EMS participants from across North Dublin OH Can Am Police Fire GamesAmerica. It is expected to generate an economic impact of more than $3.5 million to the local economy—as competitors and their families flock to Dublin, enjoying our outstanding hotels, attractions, restaurants and more.

The events will kick off with an opening ceremony that promises to be memorable to everyone in attendance. It will feature live music, SWAT team and K-9 demonstrations, a tug-of-war competition, a parade of flags, bagpipes and more. And that’s just the beginning. The following week will hold exciting displays of Olympic-type athleticism among the strongest police and firefighters in North America. Events will include Archery, Cycling, Bench Press, Police Motorcycle Skills, Pistol, Narcotics Dog, Toughest Firefighter Alive, Toughest Competitor Alive and many others. Competitions will be held at various locations across central Ohio with the event’s headquarters and accommodations for participants in Dublin.

How did Dublin land such a large international event? Can-Am Games officials selected Dublin for the 2010 Games from among 59 cities, chiefly for its strong community support and spirit. And that’s what we’re going to deliver. This is a great opportunity for local residents to get involved. Volunteers will be needed to assist with the events. Fans and spectators (admitted free to events) are encouraged to come cheer on the competitors—and show them a warm Ohio welcome. Online registration is now open for competitors and is limited, for some events. (Go here for more information.) For fans and spectators—stay tuned for details. This is going to be one event that you won’t want to miss.

-Post by Mary