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The Can-Am Police-Fire Games started as the Northwest Police-Fire Games in 1977 when officials from two state police and fire games (Washington and Oregon) and a police-fire sports group from Western Canada formed an organization that organized and conducted a multi-sport event for police officers and fire fighters on an annual basis. This continued until 1996.
Through aggressive marketing and tremendous interest from the law enforcement and fire fighting industry, the event grew so large that cities large enough to host the event were limited in the northwestern U. S. and Western Canada. The group reorganized, renamed itself the Can-Am Police-Fire Games to better represent the athletes demographically.
Selections are made through a bid process up to four years in advance of planned Games. This allows a future host the opportunity to experience at least two Games events in order to prepare for their own. The size of the Games are only limited by a community's efforts to market them with the help of the Can-Am Police-Fire Games.
In 2008 representatives of St. Cloud observed the Games held in Saskatoon Canada. As a result of this visit members of the St. Cloud Conventions and Visitors Bureau began assembling a team to build momentum to bring the Games to the St. Cloud area in 2012. After a bid was completed and submitted St. Cloud was selected as a potential candidate. Members of the federation board completed a site visit in April of 2009 and were impressed by the wide range of community involvement and the significant representation of police/fire from the St. Cloud area. In May of 2009 the City of St. Cloud sent a delegation to Dublin Ohio where St. Cloud was ultimately chosen to host the 2012 Games.
The Can-Am Police-Fire Games is a registered non-profit organization 501(c) 4 in the United States and is registered under the Canadian Society Act as a non-profit organization.