Single-Vehicle Accident with Entrapment on Franklin Pike
Just before 9:00 pm West Mead 1 was dispatched with Meadville Ambulance and Pennsylvania State Police for a single-vehicle motor vehicle accident. According to dispatch from Crawford County Department of Public Safety, the incident involved injuries and entrapment. 28-12 and 28-13 responded with a crew of 12. Units arrived on scene to find one vehicle with moderate to heavy damage with confirmed entrapment. 28-12 went to work stabilizing the vehicle and securing the electrical system, then began extrication. 28-13 arrived and deployed a hand line for protection and assisted with extrication of the single patient, who was being cared for by Meadville Ambulance. PSP completed the investigation and Geneva Truck & Equip. arrived to remove the vehicle.
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.