At 4:35 AM, West Mead 1 was dispatched to assist Linesville Department 15 with manpower for a commercial structure fire. Engines 28-12 and 28-13 responded with 7 members. Upon arrival, both engines staged at Linesville Volunteer Fire Department while 28 personnel reported to the scene. Our firefighters helped with hose cleanup and salvage. Meadville Central was on standby for both West Mead 1 and 2 while we were committed out of the area. Crews from 28 remained on location until released and eventually returned in-service at 7:13 AM.
Fire Chief Craig Lauer has served with several fire departments in western Pennsylvania, including five and a half years with Lake City Fire Company in Erie County; one year as a paid EMT and volunteer firefighter in Tarentum, PA; and over 12 years of service with West Mead #1. Craig works in IT at Vitro Automotive Glass in Meadville, PA.