Several members met Saturday morning to begin the operator certification process with West Mead 1. These members have completed a 16-hour Emergency Vehicle Operations Course and are now ready for more behind-the-wheel training on our apparatus. Many of these same members operated on a multi-alarm commercial fire and returned home around 3 AM after cleaning equipment.
While the fire apparatus is the most visible resource of our organization, our members are without a doubt the most valuable.
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.