Shortly after 7:00 pm last night West Mead 1 was placed on standby for a possible assist to Cochranton in response to a severe weather event that passed just north of Cochranton boro. 28-14 and 28-11 eventually responded to assist with numerous trees down. During this time crews remained staffing 28-13 and 28-12, which ultimately responded to additional trees down in West Mead Township on Tamarack Drive. West Mead 1 fire police also assisted Cochranton with shutting down US Highway 322 due to wires blocking the roadway while PennDot established long-term traffic control.
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.