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Monarch Responds to Flooding

Monarch is preparing for potential flooding by participating in a regional planning event due to the recent extreme rainfall in our area. Newly returned Deputy Chief Les Crews is proving invaluable to the District and the region as he is a key participant in the preparations for the possible flooding issues.

Monarch’s new boat system, with a larger, more powerful, metal rescue boat coupled with a smaller, inflatable powered craft are designed for just such situations as this. Many Monarch personnel have been trained in swift water rescue as part of Monarch’s efforts to provide the highest levels of service. In fact, Chief Crews is one of the primary S.W.R. instructors for this part of the state.

The Command Staff is ready to deploy needed assets in support of regional rescue efforts having contingency plans in place. While the Board always hopes there is no need for rescue efforts as it means people are in harm’s way, the men and women of Monarch stand ready to respond with the right assets at the right time to protect our resident’s and visitors.

THE VACANT SEAT HAS BEEN FILLED

MONARCH FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
13725 Olive Blvd.
Chesterfield, Missouri 63017
(314) 514-0900
(314) 514-0696 Fax
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Robin Harris, President
Jane Cunningham, Secretary
Rick Gans, Treasurer

Chuck Marsonette, Fire Chief

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, May 1, 2015
Contact Chief Chuck Marsonette at (314) 514-0900

THE VACANT SEAT HAS BEEN FILLED

Chesterfield, MO- The Monarch Fire Protection District Board of Directors voted to appoint Mr. Rick Gans to fill the vacancy created on April 20 when Steven Swyers resigned from the Board. The unanimous vote to bring Mr. Gans back to serve on the Board was held at an Open Meeting this morning.

Board President Robin Harris, who served with Mr. Gans for two years, from 2009 to 2011 said, “We are fortunate to be able to appoint a man who contributed so much to the District and its residents during his more than 13 years of service. His expertise in virtually all areas of the District’s operations will be a great benefit to Director Cunningham and to me. We look forward to working together as we continue to move the District forward.”
Rick Gans first served on the Monarch Board in early 1998 when it was still the Chesterfield Fire Protection District. He was elected to two subsequent terms in 1999 and 2005, serving as Treasurer, Secretary and, for his final four years, as Board President. Mr. Gans served as the Monarch representative to the Central County Emergency 911 Dispatch Board and was instrumental in relocating that agency to the modern, present-day facility that now serves as the dispatch agency for virtually all of St. Louis County fire and EMS services. He was involved in future planning at Monarch that saw the reconfiguration of station locations creating the current emergency response times that are among the fastest in the St. Louis area.

Mr. Gans has lived in the Monarch Fire Protection District for about 30 years and his business has been located there for nearly 15 of those years. Mr. Gans holds the distinction of being the longest serving Director in the history of the District and his leadership style has earned him the respect of Directors and Chiefs from across the St. Louis area. Gans said, “I am humbled to be asked to return to an elected position that meant so much to me for many years and I pledge to work harder than ever to improve the District’s public image and its relationship with our residents and business owners. I also look forward to re-establishing the important past relationships I had with the firefighters and paramedics of Monarch.”

Mr. Rick Gans will join the Board effective immediately.
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MONARCH FPD, CITY OF CHESTERFIELD TO CO-HOST SAFETY FAIR

MONARCH FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
13725 Olive Blvd.
Chesterfield, Missouri 63017
(314) 514-0900
(314) 514-0696 Fax
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Robin Harris, President
Jane Cunningham, Secretary

Chuck Marsonette, Fire Chief

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 20, 2015
Contact Chief Chuck Marsonette at (314) 514-0900

MONARCH FPD, CITY OF CHESTERFIELD TO CO-HOST SAFETY FAIR

Chesterfield, MO-The Monarch Fire Protection District is excited to co-host a Safety Fair with the City of Chesterfield May 16, 2015 between the hours of 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. The location is the Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex on the “F” field parking lot of the City ball fields behind the Chesterfield Parks Building on North Outer Forty. Other participants are St. Louis County, Missouri Highway Patrol, Air Methods, Air Evac, US Coast Guard, FBI Fingerprinting Unit, local hospitals, and private vendors.
Monarch Fire Protection District equipment will be on display, and firefighters will be handing out safety material to all who attend.
Scheduled events include helicopter landings, a vehicle extrication demonstration, a live burn simulating a room fire in a home, a bus rollover demonstration, and car seat installations.
This is a free event – EVERYONE is welcome to attend!
Chuck Marsonette
Fire Chief

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SEVERE WEATHER IN CHESTERFIELD VALLEY

MONARCH FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
13725 Olive Blvd.
Chesterfield, Missouri 63017
(314) 514-0900
(314) 514-0696 Fax

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Robin Harris, President
Jane Cunningham, Secretary
Steven Swyers, Treasurer

Chuck Marsonette, Fire Chief

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 10, 2015

Contact Chief Chuck Marsonette at (314) 514-0900

SEVERE WEATHER IN CHESTERFIELD VALLEY

Chesterfield, MO-Thursday evening was greeted with damaging winds, possibly a tornado, on and around Spirit of St. Louis Boulevard. Monarch Fire Protection District (MFPD), mutual aid companies, and local and state law enforcement responded and were faced with a myriad of hazards: structural collapse, natural gas leaks, downed electric wires, obstructed roadways, and additional severe weather conditions. “While the damage is severe, we are thankful there were no fatalities or injuries to the civilian population or the emergency service providers”, stated Chief Chuck Marsonette. “I am very pleased with the safe and effective assessment and mitigation of this emergency. MFPD, Chesterfield and State law enforcement, assisting companies, and utility service personnel coordinated a successful Unity Command effort”, Chief Marsonette continued.
“While I am empathetic to those whose property was damaged, I am thankful there was no loss of life nor were there serious injuries. I am proud of the men and women at MFPD, and all assisting agencies, who demonstrated their skills and abilities in this response. From the entire Command Staff, led by the Chief spearheading the operation, to the newest employee, I want to personally say, well done”, said President of the Board Robin Harris. “We are hopeful the victims have a speedy recovery from this disaster”, Director Harris continued.

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Monarch Resident Receives Tip of the Helmet Award

Monarch Resident Receives Tip of the Helmet Award

On Tuesday, November 4th, 2014, while at her home in the Chesterfield Village Apartments, Sara Schrefer detected an unusual odor. As time passed the odor failed to dissipate. At that point, she chose to investigate in an attempt to locate a source. Sara discovered the sound of an automobile engine running inside a locked garage. Understanding the potential fire and health hazard, she chose to notify emergency services for assistance.

Upon the arrival of police and fire, Sara directed them to the garage. Fire personnel forced entry where an unoccupied van was found running. The van engine was shut off and all apartments above and adjacent were evacuated. Carbon Monoxide levels were immediately checked in all apartments. Many of the apartments were found to have dangerous levels of Carbon Monoxide. If left unchecked, such levels of Carbon Monoxide would have resulted in unthinkable tragedy. Fire personnel used fans to reduce the Carbon Monoxide to safe levels.

Ms. Schrefer’s willingness to get involved and take the appropriate course of action may have saved many lives. The Monarch Fire Protection District is pleased to commend her actions and present her with a “Tip of the Helmet Award”.

WHY DID I SEE A METRO-WEST FIRE TRUCK?

MONARCH FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
13725 Olive Blvd.
Chesterfield, Missouri 63017
(314) 514-0900
(314) 514-0696 Fax

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Robin Harris, President
Jane Cunningham, Secretary
Steven Swyers, Treasurer

Chuck Marsonette, Fire Chief

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Date 3/19/2015
Contact Chief Chuck Marsonette at (314) 514-0900

WHY DID I SEE A METRO-WEST FIRE TRUCK?

Chesterfield, MO-One of the earliest challenges for the new Command Team of Chief Marsonette and Assistant Chief Spiegel was to evaluate the Capital needs of the District. After much research it was learned the previous Administration was pursuing a replacement plan using a Bond initiative for funding. Reserve apparatus was left in disrepair as a result of this plan. This would have burdened the residents of Monarch Fire Protection District to a thirty-four million dollar loan.

Since June, the Fire District has taken a more conservative direction with support of the Board of Directors. The Elevated Platform at House 4 has been sent to the manufacturer to be refurbished and placed in reserve ladder service upon its return. House 4 has a new 95’ Elevated Platform scheduled to go in full service March 20, 2015. A new 1,500 gallon per minute Smeal Pumper has been ordered and expected delivery is later this year. An International Horton Advanced Life Support Vehicle has been ordered and delivery is later this year. A new Maintenance Truck has been placed for bid and expected delivery is later this year as well. Two Command Staff Vehicles have been delivered and are in full service. The properties are on a continual scheduled maintenance program with large Capital items scheduled in medium range planning.

Chief Marsonette decided to immediately send the Elevated Platform to the factory to be refurbished. The work will complete in about six months. Completion of the new Pumper and Life Support Vehicle require about 8-10 months. The Maintenance Division was instructed to evaluate the repair needs of the Reserve Apparatus, which was done. The two Reserve Pumpers were sent for repair. Command Staff knew this change in philosophy would create challenges. Fortunately plans were made for those expected hurdles. Chief Marsonette arranged to have access to loaner apparatus. Neighboring Districts were happy to assist and there was never a time of interrupted service because of preparation and management.

The health of the District is improving as expected. Both Reserve Pumpers have been addressed, the new Elevated Platform is in service, the new Reserve Pumper and Life Support Vehicle are ordered, we have the Command Staff Vehicles in service, and the Maintenance Division is strong. Initial outlay and depreciation costs are significantly reduced. We fully expect to sell two of our older Fire Trucks and one of the older Ambulances later this year. This will leave the fleet and the property in excellent shape and equally important, it was all accomplished without a tax increase or sale of Bonds.

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Explorer Post Facts

Dear Taxpayers and Visitors, March 11, 2015

As a past Explorer Post President, and Vice President of the Explorer Presidents association of Missouri in my teens; I can assure you that Post 2202 of the Monarch Fire Protection District, will be maintained and re-invigorated under the current Command Staff as career education for young women and men. The Board of Directors supports my staff and I, in continuing the Explorer program as we have been doing. In fact, Assistant Chief Spiegel has contacted the Boy Scouts of America in recent months, requested; and was granted a variance to continue post operations to reverse lackluster membership under the previous Assistant Chief – John Borgmann.

I have begun an investigation of the recent false press release by the public employee union and here are some of my findings: The Boy Scouts of America have been paid by check number 1107 in the amount of $256.00, for the annual renewal of our Explorer post charter from an invoice received from the Boy Scouts. The check was issued on 3-2-2015. Assistant Chief Spiegel forwarded this information for payment during his effort to revitalize the program. Previous to this, Monarch Fire Assistant Chief Borgmann did not pay the 2014 invoice for the same, nor did he direct that action be taken to address it. My investigation is continuing.

Unfortunately, the Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T) program has also been left unattended while former Chief Vineyard and, now retired, Assistant Chief Borgmann were in charge. Assistant Chief Spiegel is re-initiating the Fire District’s involvement in that program as well.

Community service is second only to emergency service delivery for our residents, businesses and visitors. We are rapidly restoring the programs the previous staff left in such a dilapidated state. Fortunately, we have strong support from our Board of Directors and many excellent employees at the Monarch Fire District, and assure you we are extremely well equipped to provide these services.

The many recent inaccurate press releases and social media posts from the public employee union are very unfortunate. The Board of Directors, Administrative Staff, and Employees are poised to serve you in an exemplary fashion for many years to come.

Sincerely,

Chuck Marsonette
Fire Chief
Monarch Fire Protection District

SELFLESS ACTS OF KINDNESS AND COMMUNITY SERVICE

MONARCH FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
13725 Olive Blvd.
Chesterfield, Missouri 63017
(314) 514-0900
(314) 514-0696 Fax
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Robin Harris, President
Jane Cunningham, Secretary
Steven Swyers, Treasurer

Chuck Marsonette, Fire Chief

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, February 20, 2015
Contact Chief Chuck Marsonette at (314) 514-0900

SELFLESS ACTS OF KINDNESS AND COMMUNITY SERVICE

Chesterfield, MO-Assistant Chief Cary Spiegel is not only a resident of the Monarch Fire Protection District, but he is actively involved in the community. It is not uncommon for him to represent the Fire District at Chamber events, Public Service events, or emergency scenes. Recently Assistant Chief Spiegel has involved himself with the Chesterfield Rotary.

Rotary Clubs bring together dedicated individuals to exchange ideas, build relationships, and take positive community action. Most recently the Chesterfield Rotary elected to partner with the Monarch Fire Protection District at the suggestion of Assistant Chief Spiegel. Rotary President Dan Thompson represented the membership, and on behalf of the Chesterfield Rotary, presented the Monarch Fire Protection District with a set of protective firefighter equipment as a community partner donation; the gear is valued at $2,207.00.

“We at Monarch are overwhelmed by the generosity of the members of the Chesterfield Rotary Club,” said Chief Spiegel. “This protective gear is especially timely with new firefighter crews coming on board.”

“The Monarch Fire Protection District Board of Directors is not surprised with the relationship building and community partnerships being developed by the new Command Team of Chief Chuck Marsonette and Assistant Chief Spiegel,” stated Monarch Board President Robin Harris. “The success of our Fire District and our community is dependent on competent, committed and involved leadership and we are most grateful to Dan Thompson, the Chesterfield Rotarians, and to Chief Spiegel,” Mr. Harris emphasized.

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Attachment: Presentation picture from left to right: Assistant Chief Spiegel, Director Jane Cunningham, Chesterfield Rotary President Dan Thompson, and President of the Board Robin Har

Time to Borrow from Mark Twain

Time to Borrow from Mark Twain

To paraphrase Mark Twain (who borrowed the phrase himself), there are lies, darn lies and statistics.

Sadly, the website hosted by the union at Monarch has tried for two years to tell everyone the equipment at Monarch is poorly maintained. That seems incongruous since members of their union are paid to maintain that equipment. Each time a piece of equipment goes to our maintenance facility for scheduled or unscheduled maintenance; the union says the sky is falling. It is not and safety is not being compromised.

This is the same union whose vice president told the Board not to replace a 25 year old fire truck and, instead, give that money to union members as additional raises, when they are already among the highest paid firefighters in the country.

This is the same union that never comes to the Board with an equipment issue where they would have to explain the imaginary shortcoming but frequently provides misinformation to the public as a tactic to frighten people to vote for higher taxes.

These are the same union members who file legal action after legal action against the District only to complain that the District is spending too much money on attorneys’ fees.

The residents and businesses deserve better from the firefighters working for them. It is time they stopped misrepresenting the facts and stopped their scare tactics. They want a $33 million dollar bond issue to provide everything except pay and benefits. Then they will demand we spend 100% of our operational revenue on pay and benefits achieving hefty raises for firefighters who already make more than twice the national average.

By late summer, when our newest pumper arrives, 80% of the frontline fire trucks at Monarch will be less than six years old – these trucks last 15 to 25 years. The new rescue boat is the most versatile ever owned by Monarch and less than a year old. And yes, our rescue truck is the only staffed rescue truck in West County. When it went to the shop for a repair, we borrowed the one from Mehlville because they don’t staff it any longer.

The new command staff was able to generate a long range plan in less than six months after the previous chief and assistant chief could not provide one in a two and a half year period. Monarch is prepared to handle all those events we hope you never have to face. As we move forward, our equipment, training and response times will remain industry leading.

New Command Team Hits the Ground Running

NEW COMMAND TEAM HITS THE GROUND RUNNING

Chesterfield, MO – The Monarch Fire Protection District (MFPD) has a new “Command Team” approved by the Board of Directors earlier this month.  This decision followed a national search for both positions.  Chief Chuck Marsonette and Assistant Chief Cary Spiegel are in place and ready to make necessary decisions to move the Fire District forward.  “I am a public servant with a mission and vision parallel to that of the Fire District”, said Chief Marsonette.  “We serve the community and strive to provide first class emergency services, while being advocates for our employees, and good stewards of our citizen’s treasure.  Our philosophy is reflective of the District’s motto, Integrity, Responsibility, and Accountability”, the Chief emphasized.

Results are already being realized under their previous interim leadership and with the new, successful Safety Incentive Program, unparalleled Safety Manual, Essential Functions…Fit for Duty Standards, Employee Handbook (under construction), employee Rules and Regulations, Policies and Procedures, equipment updates (new ladder, pumper, rescue boat, and three Command Staff vehicles) without a tax increase or bond issue, and a full transparency attitude.

This team fits well with the new Board of Directors majority led by President Robin Harris.  The current Board of Directors is all about public service, public trust, and public protection.  “They set the bar very high”. stated Assistant Chief Spiegel, “I believe that is why we are having a record number of firefighter applicants…they take pride in being part of a top notch, disciplined organization”, he continued.

“I am excited for the District’s future.  Chief Marsonette and his staff are coming together and leading the Fire District in the right direction, leading with vision, strong direction, and by example”, said Director Robin Harris

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