At 3:38 AM West Mead #1 was dispatched with Vernon Central and Saegertown to assist Meadville Central with a structure fire on Highland Avenue. Engines 28-13 and 28-12 responded to the scene, a two-story wood-frame residential duplex, where crews from Meadville Central and West Mead 2 were already at work extinguishing the fire that began on the porch and spread into the apartment and up the eaves.
This past Tuesday members spent time updating the hosebed on 28-13. While the standard hoseline for residential structure fires on our engines is an 1.75" line that is capable of around 175 gpm, the department also utilizes 2.5" attack line for larger fires in commercial buildings and our larger apartment complexes.
At 12:11 AM West Mead 1 was dispatched with Cochranton to assist Utica with a structure fire along US 322. Engine 28-12 responded with a full crew to the scene. Department 28 spent the bulk of time on suppression and overhaul on the most damaged building, a post-frame metal garage.