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