Shortly after 6 pm Friday night, West Mead 1 and West Mead #2 Volunteer Fire Department along with West Mead Police and Meadville Ambulance were dispatched for a basement fire on Scarlet Avenue. Crawford County Department of Public Safety advised smoke was visible and a second alarm was requested adding Cochranton, East Mead, Meadville Central, Vernon Central, Vernon Township, and Saegertown to the incident. 28-12, 13, and 14 responded and arrived to find a single-family dwelling with light smoke showing. Upon investigation it was found that the fire was extinguished prior to our arrival, and the incident was scaled back to West Mead 1 and 2 along with the engine from Meadville Central. Crews completed overhaul and ventilation of the structure while squeezing in a fire engine tour to the homeowners’ children.
A second-generation firefighter, former Fire Chief Brad Johnston joined West Mead #1 as a junior and fought his first interior fire just after turning 18. At age 26 he became fire chief and served from 2006 to 2011. In 2015 he again assumed the responsibility of fire chief and served until 2020. Brad has over 20 years of active service with West Mead #1, and he is also active on the Crawford County Scuba Team.