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RICHMOND, Va. -- A drill was held in Henrico Friday morning that could save your life. Emergency crews moved through the streets as if there was a real patient with a serious infection.

Responders wore protective gear and analyzed a man who played the part of someone showing symptoms of having a virus like Ebola.

The idea behind the detailed drill, according to Henrico's Fire Captain Danny Rosenbaum is two-fold.

"To make all the preparations now and try to work out those items that we need to," Rosenbaum said. "We are going to change our protocol based on anything we see in a drill like this."

The drill lasted nearly three hours. Health experts said the mock demonstrations is necessary in the event a potentially deadly disease, like Ebola were to make its way into Central Virginia.