Command Staff

Chief – Chuck Marsonette

marsonette.c@monarchfpd.org Chief Marsonette has a diverse public safety background with 23 years of experience in fire, emergency medical services, and law enforcement. Most recently, he worked with a local healthcare company in reducing employee injuries, worker’s compensation, and risk management for the aviation and safety division. In addition, Chief Marsonette has an extensive knowledge of incident command and emergency planning/management. Chief Marsonette remains a law enforcement officer with a local jurisdiction on a part time basis.

Chief Marsonette understands the importance of public safety and has the leadership skills and experience needed to lead in an effective and efficient manner. His focus will be to manage operations to ensure the community continues to receive high quality fire and emergency services.

Chief Marsonette’s hobbies include aviation, boating and cycling. He resides in the St. Louis area with his wife and son.

Assistant Chief – Cary Spiegel

spiegel.c@monarchfpd.org Assistant Chief Cary Spiegel started his career in 1975 with the St. Louis Fire Department. In 1979 he accepted a position of firefighter with the former Chesterfield Fire Protection District, now the Monarch Fire Protection District. In 1993 he was promoted to Captain, 1999 Battalion Chief, 2006 Deputy Chief, and after a brief interruption, in 2014 Assistant Chief. Chief Spiegel holds a Paramedic license, an Associate Degree in Fire Technology, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, and a Master’s Degree in Management.

Deputy Chief, Special Operations & Training – Robin Echele

echele.r@monarchfpd.org Deputy Chief Echele has been in the Fire Service for thirty-one (31) years, both as a volunteer (1981 to 2000) and as a paid career medic and fire fighter (1983 to present). He is also a licensed Paramedic in the State of Missouri , and has been since 1985. Chief Echele started his paid career at Warren County Ambulance District in 1983 and then went to St. Charles County Ambulance District all while volunteering in the Fire Service too. He was able to merge his EMS and Fire Service career into one in at Eureka Fire protection District and then the City of Berkeley Fire Department. In August of 1990, he left the City of Berkeley Fire Department and went to work for the Chesterfield / Monarch Fire Protection District as a Firefighter/Paramedic. He was first promoted to Captain and then to Chief Training Officer in May 2001, and to Deputy Chief, Special Operations & Training in February 2012.

Deputy Chief Echele’s current State of Missouri certifications include; Fire Fighter I & II, Fire Investigator, Fire Officer II, and Fire Service Instructor III. He recently received national certification as a Fire Department Incident Safety Officer. He is also a Hazardous Materials Technician with the St. Louis County Emergency Response Team. He has been through Technical Heavy Rescue training, Basic & Advanced Tactical Medic training, as well as trained in – and an instructor for – National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) basic, advanced and command level training courses.

Deputy Chief Echele’s formal education includes an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Fire Technology from East Central College in Union, Mo. From Lindenwood University, he has obtained a Bachelor of Arts – ***** Laude – in Human Resource Management; Master of Science in Human Resource Management; and a Master of Business Administration. He is a 2006 graduate of the Fire Service Leadership Enhancement Program at the University of Missouri’s Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs in Columbia, Missouri. In July of 2010 he received professional designation as CFO – Chief Fire Officer. He recently completed the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program. Deputy Chief Echele believes in a lifetime of training and education.

Deputy Chief – Nick Harper

harper.n@monarchfpd.org Deputy Chief Harper started his career as a fire fighter with the United States Air Force in 1976. He joined the ranks of the Monarch Fire Protection District as a fire fighter in April of 1979. He earned his paramedic license in July of 1990 and was promoted to Captain in January of 2001. He was promoted to Deputy Chief in February 2012. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science Management from Lindenwood University in St. Charles Missouri. He is a Missouri Division of Fire Safety Certified Fire Officer II and Instructor II. He is currently a Missouri State certified EMS Instructor and certified paramedic, a member of the swift water rescue team and high angle rescue team. He currently serves as 1 of our 4 Fire Department Chaplains.

Deputy Chief Harper Lives in St Peters with his wife Peggy, of 30 years and together they have raised 2 daughters.

B Shift Battalion Chief – Dave Schmitt

houston.d@monarchfpd.org Battalion Chief Schmitt began his career with the Monarch Fire Protection District on Oct. 1, 1979. He worked his way through the ranks, promoted to Engineer in 1986, Captain in 1997, and Battalion Chief on August 7, 2012. He is a state licensed Emergency Medical Technician, Fire Officer II and Fire Instructor I. He has an Associates Degree in Fire Protection Technology.

Battalion Chief Schmitt resides in Manchester with his wife Kathy and they have 4 children.

C Shift Battalion Chief – Bill Long

long.b@monarchfpd.org Battalion Chief Long started his career with the Department on August 15, 1988. He was promoted to Captain in July 2000. He was promoted to Battalion Chief in April 2012. He is a Missouri Division of Fire Safety Certified Fire Officer II and Instructor II. He has an Associate’s Degree in Fire Protection Technology.

Battalion Chief Long has two children.