Since 1948 West Mead 1 fire apparatus have responded to thousands of calls from our Liberty St station. This morning for the last time, a West Mead 1 engine left the truck bay built 73 years ago. When the engines return to the Liberty St station in 6 weeks, they will be backing into a brand new truck bay.
West Mead 1 wanted to take a moment to reassure our residents that engines will still be available for response with Alden St now housing our 2 rescue engines and our F450. The third engine will be housed at the West Mead Twp. building. At this time the only interruption in service will be the building siren being out of service. In the event of severe weather, the Liberty St station will not have a siren to signal a tornado warning. The siren will be reinstalled as part of the building project.
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.