By Juliet Papa

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — New Yorkers were called Thursday to participate for the 25th World Police and Fire Games.

“We’re welcoming the world here,” Captain Joe Brosi said outside the 19th Precinct and Engine Co. 39 on East 67th Street. “We’re hoping that all New Yorkers will step up, help us to show the best side of the city.”

Fire officials tell 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa that the Javitz Center will be transformed into a major sports complex

New York City is hosting the event where police and firefighters from 70 countries will team up to compete in 69 sporting events that will take place on Randall’s Island and the Javitz Center one week before the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

“They’ll realize what this great city has done in the last 10 years, how we’ve rebuilt, how we’ve come back as a police and fire department and as a city,” Fire Commissioner Sal Cassano said.

The Javitz Center will be transformed into a major sports complex for indoor competitions and Randall’s Island will host games outdoors. “I don’t know that it’s ever been done before, we’re building out 20 different sports in the convention center,” Brosi said.

New Yorkers came to pick up some free coffee, heart-shaped doughnuts and to enlist in the event to show their support for the city.

“I thank them for my safety and my well being,” one man said.

New Yorkers will act as greeters, handlers, and information specialists for those attending and participating.