Held over 10 days every two years, the event is expected to attract 8,500 athletes from more than 70 countries, competing in 65 sporting events.
According to the Western Australian state government, the event will deliver social, legacy and community programs before, during and after the Games in Perth.
The winning bid was presented by the state government and the Western Australian Police Sports Federation Inc, in collaboration with WA’s police force, and its departments of fire and emergency services and corrective services. The City of Perth and VenuesWest also supported the bid.
“We know that many of the athletes, coaches and spectators use these types of events as an opportunity to travel to new destinations, so I really hope and encourage those who travel to Perth in three years’ time to extend their travel and turn it into an unforgettable holiday exploring our beautiful state,” said WA’s tourism minister, Rita Saffioti.
“Mass participation events like the World Police and Fire Games are all part of our government’s events and overarching tourism strategies, because they deliver huge benefits for our state’s economy in terms of visitation and tourism spend.
“Last financial year, mass participation events made a significant contribution to our economy, with 12 events generating $96 million in impact so we’re very keen to keep building on these, with events like the World Police and Fire Games.”
Australia last hosted the World Police and Fire Games in Adelaide in 2007, while Melbourne hosted the event in 1995.
“I am thrilled to announce that Perth has been selected as the host for the 2027 World Police and Fire Games,” said World Police and Fire Games Federation director, Danny Bodycoat.
“This remarkable achievement is the result of an exceptional site inspection and a compelling bid book, supported wholeheartedly by the state government, through WA Police Force, Department of Fire and Emergency Services, Corrective Services, VenuesWest and the City of Perth.
“The collaborative effort showcased the unity and commitment of the Western Australia bid team to host this prestigious international event, aided by the significant infrastructure development spearheaded by the state government over the past decade.”