At 6:40 AM on March 6, West Mead 1 was dispatched to assist West Mead Police with traffic control for a motor vehicle accident on Liberty Street at Lamont Drive. One pickup truck towing a trailer was partially off the road over an embankment. The crew from Engine 28-12 provided traffic control while Leonard’s Towing worked to pull the trailer and pickup truck back onto the road.
Shortly after returning to station from the first incident, West Mead 1 was again dispatched to assist with traffic control for a motor vehicle accident with injury on Star Route. Meadville Central Fire Department and Meadville Ambulance were dispatched to handle the accident scene and patient care while 28-12 responded for traffic control. West Mead 1 personnel shut down Star Route at both Leslie Road and Thurston Road for the duration of the incident until vehicles were cleared from the roadway.
Fire Chief Craig Lauer has served with several fire departments in western Pennsylvania, including five and a half years with Lake City Fire Company in Erie County; one year as a paid EMT and volunteer firefighter in Tarentum, PA; and over 12 years of service with West Mead #1. Craig works in IT at Vitro Automotive Glass in Meadville, PA.