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We have been asked if emergency services to Monarch residents and businesses will be affected if and when there is civil unrest due to the announcement of the Grand Jury decision regarding the Michael Brown case. The Monarch Board of Directors and Command Staff want to assure you that our first and foremost responsibility and intent is to ensure the safety and welfare of the residents and businesses in the Monarch Fire Protection District. Emergency services in Monarch will not be diminished in any way if there is civil unrest. Monarch will maintain adequate staffing and resources to protect our District, while providing additional resources for assistance to other jurisdictions if needed.
To all residents of the Monarch Fire Protection District:
The survey that you may have received in the mail from the Professional Firefighters is not an official communication from the Monarch Fire Protection District. The survey is from a firefighters union political action campaign committee.
The Monarch Fire Protection District does not endorse completing any survey that offers a monetary gift for its completion; and would not ask its valued residents to send correspondence outside of District boundaries.
Beware of that fact that there are unique numbers on each survey that will likely personally identify anyone who returns the survey.
Some questions on the survey would lead residents to believe the board is considering a tax increase and/or bond issue. That is not true. Neither is needed to maintain Monarch’s excellent service.
OCTOBER IS FIRE PREVENTION MONTH!
The 2014 Fire Prevention Month theme is “WORKING SMOKE ALARMS SAVE LIVES – TEST YOURS EVERY MONTH!”
The Monarch Fire Protection District has been busy this month with Fire Prevention Month activities including fire drills in schools and businesses, and spreading the message of fire prevention throughout the community.
According to “Smoke Alarms in U.S. Home Fires“, a report published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in March of 2014:
● Three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in homes without working smoke alarms.
● The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.
● Smoke alarm failures usually result from missing, disconnected or dead batteries.
● In 1/5 of all homes with smoke alarms, none are working according to a CPSC study.
● People 55 or older are more likely to have smoke alarms that are more than 10 years old.
The Educational Messages Advisory Committee (EMAC) to NFPA’s Public Education Division developed the following tips for the testing and maintenance of smoke alarms.
● Choose a smoke alarm that bears the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
● Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including the basement.
● Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home for the best protection. When one sounds, they all sound. Make sure you can hear the sound of the smoke alarm.
● Replace all smoke alarms, including alarms that use 10-year batteries and hard-wired alarms, when they are 10 years old or sooner if they do not respond properly when tested.
● Test your smoke alarms at least every month, using the test button.
● Smoke alarms with non-replaceable (long-life) batteries are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm chirps, warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm. For smoke alarms with any other type of battery, replace batteries at least once a year. If that smoke alarm chirps, replace only the battery.
● An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires and a photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires. For the best protection, or where extra time is needed to awaken or assist others, both types of alarms, or combination ionization and photoelectric alarms, are recommended
A complete list of safety tips from NFPA’s Educational Messages Advisory Committee can be found in the 2013 edition of NFPA Educational Messages Desk Reference. NFPA also provides additional resources, including safety tips for consumers and tool kits on various topics for educators.
Remember, WORKING SMOKE ALARMS SAVE LIVES – TEST YOURS EVERY MONTH!
THE CALAMITY IS THE FIREFIGHTERS UNION VS. THE TAXPAYERS
Since Deborah Peterson redefines disclosing confidential security measures as “complaining about the boss” (“Fair or Foul?” July 28), I call on the Post-Dispatch to be transparent about all security measures or equipment they have in place to protect its staff.
My guess is if Ms. Peterson gave out keys to locks at the Post-Dispatch or security entry codes to the public and called the Post “absolutely ridiculous” for installing them, her boss would react in an appropriate manner as did a unanimous Monarch Fire Board when safety measures were compromised.
Your editorial has key inaccuracies that you use to take pot shots when you know elected officials cannot comment on personnel issues.
The point is, the government employees fire union No. 2665 that rules over most of St. Louis County, into St. Charles County and beyond, is like a shadow government. They demand donations to their political action committee from all members and use that money, typically in the $30,000 to $100,000 range per candidate, to elect union-controlled directors to public fire boards. Citizens who just want to serve cannot compete with that kind of machine. The union-backed directors ensure the union owns both sides of the bargaining table, allowing the union to dictate their own salaries, benefits and time off and who gets hired and fired.
When individuals with a high school education can earn a compensation package of close to $130,000 for working 2.25 (24-hour) days per week, with three months off annually, it should sound an alarm to the Post-Dispatch and to voters of who is watching the hen house. The Monarch Fire Protection District is one of the few governments to be totally open with salaries and expenses, which can be found on our website on our Transparency Portal.
Speaking of inaccuracies in your editorial, you will not find an expenditure of taxpayer dollars for bulletproof vests. You should check your facts before you report.
Additionally, amid much complaining from the fire union, Monarch may be the only government that opened collective bargaining negotiations to the public and press. You would expect the Post-Dispatch to be praising that unprecedented access.
It is interesting that the Post-Dispatch defends inappropriate union behavior in one instance and in a back-to-back publication reports on the same kind of bullying tactics to intimidate fellow firefighters who do not take orders from the union (“Ex-marshal in Wentzville claims union firefighters forced ouster,” July 29).
Jane Cunningham • Chesterfield
Monarch Fire Protection District board member
MONARCH FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
13725 Olive Blvd.
Chesterfield, Missouri 63017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 20, 2014
Contact Acting Chief Cary Spiegel (314) 514-0900
MONARCH FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT HIRES AN INTERIM CHIEF
WHILE DIRECTORS ENGAGE IN A COMPREHENSIVE SEARCH FOR A PERMANENT CHIEF.
Chesterfield, June 19, 2014 – The Monarch Fire Protection District is pleased to announce the appointment of Interim Fire Chief Wayne Charles (Chuck) Marsonette. Chuck has a diverse public safety background with 23 years of experience in fire, emergency medical services, and law enforcement.
Most recently Chuck has worked with Reliant Care Management in their Risk Management Division. His contribution has resulted in a reduction in employee injuries and workers’ compensation claims. In addition, he has extensive knowledge of incident command and emergency planning/management.
Chuck 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 and ensure the community receives quality emergency service.
When advised of his selection, Mr. Marsonette responded, “I am looking forward to joining the Monarch Fire District staff to work with all employees providing the best Emergency Service possible to all of our residents, businesses and individuals in need”. Chuck resides in the St. Louis area with his wife and son.
Board President Robin Harris stated, “The Board was delighted to find an administrator with such an extensive background in emergency services to cover the gap between the departure of our previous chief and our permanent replacement. I am sure Chief Marsonette will prove to be an asset to Monarch. On behalf of the Board, the staff and all of our employees, I would like to welcome Chuck to the Monarch Fire Protection District.”
You are invited to contact Assistant Chief Cary Spiegel at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or concerns.
Monarch Revenues Fall
Monarch experienced an unexpected decrease in revenues for 2013 when tax figures from the county were finalized in early March. The Monarch staff advised the Board of this variation between what was budgeted for the year and what was actually received, and indicated it was from a combination of factors with the major contributors being unpaid and protested property taxes. The District’s biggest concern is that residents are still struggling to pay their bills in the current economy, an issue that will need to be addressed going forward as revenues are budgeted.
Fortunately, due to proper planning, the District has reserves designed for this type of unanticipated fiscal event. Monarch has made a budget adjustment and still has reserves that exceed 44% of the operating budget.
Regrettably there has been misinformation distributed to the press that the District was “over-budget”. The 2013 budget was based on revenue levels projected and provided by St. Louis County based on formulas used for many years. Had revenues matched projections, there would have been no shortfall. The Board will be addressing the decrease in revenue at upcoming meetings in anticipation of setting the budget for 2014 later this year.
The Monarch Fire Protection District covers a geographic area of almost 62 square miles in West St. Louis and service more than 60,000 people that live in portions of Ballwin, Chesterfield, Clarkson Valley, Creve Coeur, Maryland Heights, Wildwood and parts of unincorporated St. Louis County. The District operates 5 Engine Houses, a Maintenance Center, an Administration Facility and a Training Tower and has a staff that is made up of more than 125 Firefighter/Paramedics, Fire Prevention Specialists, Officers and Administrative Personnel.
The Monarch FPD is currently searching for an Assistant Fire Chief at its HQ facility at 13725 Olive Blvd. in Chesterfield, MO. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Resumes of candidates are due no later than 4:00pm on Friday, March 14, 2014.
Responsibilities Include (but are not limited to):
• Establishes, within policy guidelines, appropriate service and staffing levels.
• Coordinates, administers, and monitors fire and emergency response activities, personnel, and programs.
• Supervises and participates in the development and administration of the fire department budget.
• Directs the selection, supervision, training, development, and discipline of department personnel.
• Assumes personal command at multiple alarm fires.
• Coordinates mutual fire protection plans, emergency responses, and other department activities with surrounding jurisdictions, other departments, and organizations.
• Confers with officials and community groups and conducts public relations campaigns to present need for changes in laws and policies and to encourage fire prevention.
• Directs investigations into causes of fires and inspections of buildings for fire hazards.
• Makes final interpretation of fire and building regulations, ordinances, codes, and applicable laws to ensure compliance and consistency.
• Coordinates and prepares a variety of plans, reports, presentations, and records.
• Participates in employee relations activities related to the fire department, including providing advice and assistance for management negotiations.
• Master’s Degree (Business or related field) Preferred
• Bachelor’s Degree Required
• 3+ Years as Staff Officer
• St. Louis County Fire Academy Or willingness to attend
• 20+ years’ experience in the fire service
• Experience working in a large multi-firehouse District
• Paramedic license required
• Ability to work odd hours as needed
Benefits for the Monarch Fire Protection District Include:
• Excellent medical, dental and vision coverage
• Fully paid life insurance (with option to purchase more)
• Paid Vacation (after 1 year)
• Sick days (8 per year)
• Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
• 11 Paid Holidays
• Tuition reimbursement
• Pension plan
• + MORE!
Please send resume with cover letter AND salary expectations on or before 4:0pm, Friday, March 14, 2014 to Lexow.email@example.com or to address below. Interviews are initially scheduled to be conducted on March 19th and 20th 2014.
Monarch FPD, Attention: Human Resources Director
13725 Olive Blvd.
Chesterfield, MO 63017
The Monarch Fire Protection District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.