For the 9th time last week West Mead 1 firefighters were back at it, this time responding with 28-11, 12, 13, and 14 to a brush fire on Franklin Pike. Crews arrived to find a small area burning and began extinguishment with hand tools and Indian tanks from 28-12. Eventually, 28-13 was repositioned and crews deployed the front bumper line and a forestry line to complete overhaul of the scene. A small amount of class A foam was used to ensure complete extinguishment. 28-11 supplied water to 28-13 while 28-14 stood by with EMS personnel and helped to provide traffic control. Crews operated just over an hour before returning to quarters.
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.