(Updated at 12:45 p.m.) Traffic is light. Police dispatches are run-of-the-mill. Many residents are at home, watching their televisions.
In contrast to the chaos of two weeks ago, Inauguration Day has been uneventful in Arlington.
Arlington County Police confirmed this morning that its officers are remaining in the county, not needed for the unprecedented security presence in D.C. Instead they remain in Arlington, albeit on high alert.
Arlington County Fire Department personnel are, however, supporting their counterparts in the District today.
“It’s an all hand kind of a day,” said ACFD spokesman Taylor Blunt.
Blunt said the fire department responded to a regional call for mutual aid from the D.C. fire department, which is supporting the inauguration. Firefighters from Arlington, along with other Virginia and Maryland fire departments, are helping to fill D.C. fire stations and respond to calls in the District.
It's 4am, and our crews are getting ready to provide support to @dcfireems for #InaugurationDay2021. We will be among the many public safety and military assets from across the country to assist on this historical day. pic.twitter.com/IoOEUKJ5Cd
— Arlington Fire (@ArlingtonVaFD) January 20, 2021
The fire department also has “additional resources” active in the county, should anything happen here.
Arlington emergency personnel are monitoring the inauguration activities in the county’s Emergency Operations Center, ready to respond to threats and incidents as needed.
Greetings from your County Emergency Operations Center, where we are monitoring Inauguration Day activities.
— Ready Arlington (@ReadyArlington) January 20, 2021
At the U.S. Capitol, meanwhile, the American tradition of a transfer of power to the new administration is underway. Among those attending the inaugural ceremony is Arlington’s congressman, Rep. Don Beyer.
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) January 20, 2021
The newly-sworn-in President and Vice President will briefly visit Arlington this afternoon, as they and several former presidents — the Obamas, the Clintons and the Bushes — lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.
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