The Monarch Fire Protection District Training Division is by far the most important support program to the Department, and as such, is responsible for the on-going training of all department personnel including: Suppression, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Special Operations involving; Heavy Rescue, HazMat, Tactical Medic, Special Operations Air Rescue (SOAR), and Boat Operations, Fire Prevention, Management and Administration. The Training Division is staffed with one Division Chief and three Shift Training Officers.
With the numerous requirements placed upon the fire service today by the many regulatory agencies (NFPA, ISO, OSHA, ANSI, Missouri State DFS, State and Federal EMS, HazMat), the Training Division coordinates the training needed to comply with established regulations. ISO requires a minimum of ten, two-hour drills on fire related subjects per month, per crew, for an annual total of 240 hours, this includes multi-company drill, single company drills, night drills, hands-on evolutions and live fire fighting drills. At the end of each year, a needs assessment is done for the upcoming year’s training needs.
The Training Division maintains an active role in mutual aid and regional training being the host site for numerous classes each year. We are active in the St. Louis Region Training Officer’s Association and involved in training issues at the Missouri State level as well. These valuable resources assist the Training Division is fulfilling its mission to ensure District personnel provide a high level of services to the community and return home safely at the end of each shift.