The Can-Am Police-Fire Games are more than a year off, but its six directors were in Dublin last week for planning.

The Can-Am Police-Fire Games are more than a year off, but its six directors were in Dublin last week for planning.

Dublin City Council heard an update last week on planning for the 2010 Can-Am Police-Fire Games, which are expected to bring more than 2,000 participants and their families to the Dublin area.

The games consist of about 50 events over a week in August 2010. The event is expected to draw police officers and firefighters from all over the U.S. and Canada to compete in multi-sport events.

Joel Campbell, a member of the special events council board of directors, the group organizing the Dublin games, said the city last week also hosted representatives from other cities interested in holding future Can-Am games.

"Five cities were here to put in bids for the events that follow ours," he said.

While the event is looking to the future, so are Dublin's planners.

Josh Bricker, executive director of the special events council, said volunteers for the Can-Am Games have been set.

"Ninety percent are Dublin police (officers) and Washington Township firefighters," he told council.

The special events council also is working to find venues for the 50 events, which will be held in Dublin and elsewhere in central Ohio.

According to Campbell, council also has signed an agreement with a sports planner to help with sponsorships for the games.

While the games will bring thousands of people to the Dublin area and an estimated $3.5-million in revenue, Bricker said he also wants to get the community involved.

"My goal is to make the 2010 events a signature of (Dublin's) bicentennial and get people involved," he said.

Bricker is hoping the opening event on Aug. 15, 2010, at Coffman Park will draw Dublin residents with demonstrations, food, entertainment and more. Events that could draw interest include "the toughest firefighter alive" competition and a canine contest, he said.

Bricker said the opening ceremonies also will include canine and SWAT demonstrations.

The Historic Dublin Business Association's Slinte Thursday also could get involved with activities set for Can-Am visitors, Bricker said.

The Can-Am Police-Fire games are scheduled to run Aug. 15-22, 2010. Campbell said the event could generate 4,000 room nights for Dublin hotels, the equivalent of the Memorial Tournament.

For more information on the Can-Am Police-Fire games, look online at www.canampolicefiregames.org.