2015 World Police & Fire Games President and CEO Bill Knight Addresses NVTC Board
On July 8, Bill Knight, president and CEO of the 2015 World Police & Fire Games, to be held in Fairfax County, joined the NVTC Board of Directors at Sprint in Reston to discuss the games and their positive impact on the Northern Virginia region. The World Police and Fire Games, an Olympic style competition, recognizes first responders “who put duty and service before ourselves, honoring those who have sacrificed for the greater good,” according to Fairfax 2015, the 501c3 nonprofit organizing committee.
|From left, NVTC General Counsel Craig E. Chason of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, NVTC Secretary Enrico Della Corna of PNC Bank, NVTC President & CEO Bobbie Kilberg, President and CEO of the 2015 World Police & Fire Games Bill Knight, NVTC Chair Sudhakar Kesavan of ICF International, and Doug Beck of ICF International.|
The games, to be held on June 16 through July 5 in 2015, will be the single largest event held in Northern Virginia, according to Knight. Awarded to Fairfax in 2009, the event draws first responders from around the world – the most recent games were held in Belfast in 2013 – and will bring more than 12,000 first responders from more than 70 countries. Athletes competing in the games are required to be sworn police or fire officers.
According to Knight, “We want to put the best foot forward for this region, and there’s no better way to do it than by honoring community leaders around the world and have them singing out our praises.” Fairfax 2015 projects that the expected economic impact of the games on Northern Virginia economy is $60-$80 million, with the total overall impact, post-competition included, is projected at more than $100 million. In addition, the games do not necessitate the building of any additional infrastructure, utilizing the region’s existing venues, said Knight.
The games will consist of 65 events over 10 days at 53 different venues around Fairfax County and the National Capital Region, with the opening ceremonies held at RFK in D.C. and the closing ceremonies held at Wolf Trap in Virginia. Many of the competitions will involve tactical disciplines related to first responder skills, including firefighter muster and police action. There will be 1,400 medal events in total.
There are many ways to get involved with the games, Knight said, including leadership, sponsorship, and ownership opportunities; a Super Host Program, which allows companies to get engaged with the games; and a robust volunteer program.