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.
Two members of West Mead #1 attended the Crawford/Venango County Fire School on September 9-10, 2017. They report on classes about Mass Casualty Incidents and Basement Fires.
For drill on Tuesday West Mead #1 took all three engines to Townline Road for practice with drafting and relay pumping.
While some members of West Mead #1 participated in a Crawford County Scuba Team exercise on Pymatuning, others practiced pulling pre-connected attack lines and pumping.
This week West Mead #1 headed to the Wilson Shute boat ramp for training with water supply operations using portable pumps.
Training this week at West Mead #1 emphasized selecting and placing the correct line in service based on size-up information with crews from Cochranton and Vernon Central.
On April 25 West Mead #1 joined other area fire departments for a tour of Ernst Conservation Seeds in Union Township.