This past Tuesday West Mead 1 joined forces with West Mead 2 and Suit Kote Corporation for weekly training.
On June 12 West Mead 1 firefighters practiced fire attack with a focus on adequate water flow for a sustained fire attack.
On Tuesday West Mead 1 members reviewed and practiced longer hoseline deployments into multi-family residential buildings off Arthur Street in Forest Green Estates and Woodland Heights.
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.
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.
On Tuesday West Mead #1 firefighters practiced the "Double Horse Shoe Technique" for rescuing an uninjured firefighter who has fallen through a floor into a basement or lower level.
West Mead #1 started a new year of training with about 15 firefighters practicing water supply in cold weather conditions, cutting access holes in pond ice and setting up a draft with a portable pump.
This week West Mead 1 and West Mead 2 joined forces for training, an incident-based search detail scenario for a missing hunter and a high-angle rescue after the hunter was found.
On September 26 West Mead #1 members met at Suit Kote's Meadville facility on McHenry Street to tour their asphalt plant.
This week's drill was hands-on practice for engineers and firefighters, with newer operators getting time behind the wheel of 28-11 and 28-13.