World Police & Fire Games bring first-responders to LA

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The world’s first responders are in Los Angeles, but not to rescue anyone.

They’re here for the 2017 World Police and Fire Games, which were officially ushered in on Monday with opening ceremonies at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

The event brings together finely tuned law enforcement officers and firefighters in such competitions as soccer, baseball, cycling and, yes, even a mud run.

From Southern California, participants include members of the Los Angeles Airport Police, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Fire Department.

About 8,000 active and retired police officers and firefighters from more than 70 nations will compete in 65 events in the biennial 11-day Olympics-style competition, which will continue through Aug. 16.

“What makes us different is the ages of the athletes,” said Chuck Foote, director of the California Police Athletic Federation, the umbrella organization for the World Police and Fire Games Federation, which conducts the games.

“These athletes range in age from brand-new employees to those with 40 years of experience.”

The World Police and Fire Games have been held every two years since 1985.

“The World Police and Fire Games not only help to promote physical fitness through intense competition, it also builds camaraderie and lifelong friendships among first responders,” said Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, a past games competitor who is expected to also compete in this year’s games.

How can you see them?

Events are being held all over Southern California.

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City News Service contributed to this report.

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