- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 16, 2017

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Several Virginia fire departments have sent crews to Charlottesville to relieve firefighters who worked through this weekend’s violent white nationalist rally.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Richmond Fire Marshal David Creasy says a Richmond unit was deployed at 4 a.m. Saturday through about noon Sunday, while another Richmond unit, along with crews from Henrico and Chesterfield counties, covered 24-hour shifts starting Monday morning.

Creasy said the Richmond crews filled in responding to typical service calls and did not deal directly with protesters. He said fire departments have a statewide mutual-aid agreement in which departments can request needed crews from the Virginia Emergency Operations Center.

In a Facebook post , the Charlottesville Fire Department listed and thanked all the fire departments that dispatched crews and provided medic coverage.


Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, https://www.richmond.com

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