Around 6:30 PM on December 2 West Mead 1 was dispatched to assist Cochranton with a reported structure fire in the borough. With several of our members on a funeral detail 28-12 responded initially with 28-11 following as members returned from the detail. Crews from Cochranton conducted an investigation and determined the source of smoke to be from cooking. Our firefighters supported the investigation with thermal imaging while another crew stood by on the fireground.
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.