Jun 25, 2012 at 9:12 am
ST. CLOUD, MN (KNSI) - Sunday marked the opening of the 2012 Can-Am Police-Fire Games hosted right here in St. Cloud. The games will feature athletes from the public safety sector from far and wide competing in varied events over the next week.
St. Cloud is a destination this week for fire fighters, police and emergency responders from far and wide.
"We are going to be close to a thousand competitors...coming from all over,” St. Cloud Fire Chief Bill Mund said. “I think right now, several states and all seven provinces are represented and we have a swimmer from the Ukraine."
A man from Calgary, Alberta got the international gathering started, taking first place in the Graniteman Triathalon Sunday afternoon.
Mund says there will be casual competition in things like a chili cook-off, along with the more serious sporting events.
"A lot of athletic events and shooting events, designed to bring all emergency service workers together in a non-work atmosphere and just compete," Mund said.
Bringing the games to St. Cloud was quite a coup, and Mund says has literally taken years to make happen.
"It started about three and a half years ago and probably the last 18 months has been monthly and weekly meetings, running things down and getting things organized," Mund said.
The competitions will run through Sunday, keeping participants and visitors alike in town, pumping money into the economy.
“It is going to be a nice economic boost for our community, they all have to eat, and they all have to stay at hotels,” Mund said. “It gives our community a chance to interact with law enforcement and all public safety disciplines and kind of see us when we are not out in a time of emergency situation and in a relaxed environment."
For more information on the various events throughout the week, check the Upcoming Events section of knsiradio.com
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