‘Games should help encourage respect for emergency services’ – McGinn
Newry and Mourne Sinn Féin Councillor Pat McGinn has said that the World Police and Fire Games which take place next year should help encourage respect for the Emergency Services.
The World Police and Fire Games take place from the 1st of August to the 10th of August and around 10,000 athletes and 15,000 visitors are expected. Whilst the games are centred in Belfast, there will be events in Kilbroney Park Rostrevor, Castlewellan and Newcastle.
“One of the great scourges faced by our society is the extent to which respect for emergency services – fire, rescue, police and ambulance is not universal, however I believe that this great sporting occasion will help build on eradicating that disrespect.”
“It is widely recognised that one of the big success stories of the Olympic and Paralympic Games was the spirit and enthusiasm of the volunteers. An advertising and public relations programme to recruit volunteers was launched at the start of September, and it has just finished.
He added, “As local representatives, it was up to us all to encourage people to come forward and volunteer. There was a specific onus on people from socially deprived and neighbourhood renewal areas to come out, get involved in the games and make them their own.
“I think that we are in for a very exciting time with the World Police and Fire Games. The hard work of Newry and Mourne Council has ensured that we will get a taste of it locally. I have no doubt that local people will make them the ‘Friendly Games’ as well.”
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