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      Horry County firefighters deploy to LA to help fight the Rim Fire

      Three firefighters from Horry County Fire Rescue left Friday to begin a deployment to the Rim Fire in California.

      Captain Tim Rainbolt, Lieutenant Bryan Turner and Firefighter Nick Bender headed first to Columbia, where they'll meet up with a team from the South Carolina Forestry Commission.

      This team will offer assistance to the firefighters in Yosemite National Park.

      "Horry County Fire Rescue is very proud of the Wildfire Team that we have," stated Scott Thompson, Assistant Chief of Operations for Horry County Fire Rescue. "These three individuals represent an entire team of dedicated members of the Department, whose expertise are in wildfire. Our thoughts and prayers will be with our brothers in California and we wish them a safe return."

      Rainbolt, Turner and Bender will be assisting with the wildfire until Saturday, September 7.

      Also, North Myrtle Beach Fire Battalion Chief Mike Davis has been deployed as well.

      The City of North Myrtle Beach's Wildfire Response Team is comprised of nine red card certified firefighters, who are qualified to fight wildfires anywhere in the United States.