In one year, more than 2,000 people from all over the U.S. and Canada are expected to visit Dublin for the Can-Am Police-Fire Games.

In one year, more than 2,000 people from all over the U.S. and Canada are expected to visit Dublin for the Can-Am Police-Fire Games.

Planning already is moving into full gear.

"It's definitely been very busy," said Josh Bricker, executive director of the Dublin Special Events Council. The nonprofit organization was created to organize the eight-day event after the city and the Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau lured the games, set for next Aug. 15-22, to central Ohio.

The 58 events planned for the Can-Am Games range from traditional sports like track and field, baseball and soccer to games aimed at law enforcement personnel and firefighters like the toughest firefighter alive, police motorcycle competitions and canine competitions.

"It pretty much runs the whole gamut of events," said Bricker, who is trying to keep as many as possible in Dublin.

"We're doing our best to hold everything we can in Dublin, but there are a few things that unfortunately Dublin doesn't have the facilities for, like a shooting facility," he said.

The games will have to use shooting ranges outside of Dublin, but Dublin's three high schools will host many events, Bricker said, including track and field, baseball, soccer and archery.

Bricker said the arm wrestling event likely would be held at a Dublin Buffalo Wild Wings, the chili cook-off in Historic Dublin during Slinte Thursday, hockey at the Dublin Chiller and cross country at Glacier Ridge Metro Park.

Organizers will try to keep events that cannot be held in Dublin close by, Bricker said. For example, a few rounds of golf will be held at Powell golf courses and the billiards competitions are set for Fats Bar and Billiards just south of Dublin on Hayden Run.

Venues aren't set in stone, but Bricker said most have verbal agreements.

"We're going through contracts right now," he said. "We're sending out contracts for places that are doing it for free. We're still working with those that want a little compensation."

After putting together rules for each event and setting venues and budgets, next up will be recruiting volunteers to staff each of the 58 events. Bricker said Dublin police officers and Washington Township firefighters currently make up about 90 to 95 percent of volunteers coordinating the events.

"We're pretty lucky. Christine Nardecchia is our volunteer chair and she is volunteer coordinator for Dublin," Bricker said. "We will definitely make some kind of appeal to Dublin (residents). We need 400 to 500 volunteers for this event."

Registration for next year's Can-Am Games started this month and although only about a dozen have signed up, Bricker isn't worried.

"We have been advised by the Cam-Am Games that the majority of police and firefighters will wait until the last minute to sign up," he said.