West Mead #1 sent 2 divers and 3 surface/boat personnel with the Crawford County Scuba Team to Warren County to assist North Warren Fire Department on the Conewango and Allegheny Rivers. Dive team members spent the day focusing search efforts on the Allegheny while Glade Fire Department (Warren County) and Lake City Fire Department (Erie County) worked the Conewango. West Mead 1 members left Meadville shortly before 7:00 a.m. Saturday morning and returned to service just before 7:00 p.m. Saturday night.
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.