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.
At 7:06 AM West Mead #1 was dispatched with Meadville Ambulance for a motor vehicle accident with entrapment and injury on Cochranton Road near Wilson Chutes. Meadville Central and Cochranton were requested to assist with rescue and traffic control.
On March 28 Fire Chief Brad Johnston and Assistant Fire Chief Craig Lauer attended a Recruitment and Retention training program hosted at Edinboro Volunteer Fire Department, with round table discussions regarding recruiting, retaining volunteers, and what drives volunteers away who already serve.
At 4:04 PM West Mead #1 was dispatched for an engine crew to respond to a reported violation of West Mead Township's burning ordinance on Alden Street. Engine 28-12 responded to the scene and found an unattended smoldering fire burning household trash and other items outside a proper container.