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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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Monarch Fire Protection District purchases new apparatus

The Monarch Fire Protection District Board of Directors is pleased to announce the purchase of two state of the art pieces of Fire Apparatus. In the month of December, the Fire District acquired an E-ONE 95 foot aerial platform (pictured above). This well-equipped aerial apparatus is the longest ladder platform the District has ever owned, and will assist in better protection of our upward and outward growth. This aerial will be going into service in late February. The District is very excited to have this equipment for its taxpayers and visitors.
Our Second state of the art apparatus is a Smeal fire engine with additional rescue capabilities. This fire engine is just beginning construction and photos will be released as that process continues!
These two purchases increase the safety of our citizen’s and employees with no tax increase!

ARRIVE TO AND RETURN FROM WORK SAFE

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

(314) 514-0696 Fax

BOARD OF DIRECTORS                                                                         Fire Chief
Robin Harris, President                                                                        Chuck Marsonette
Jane Cunningham, Secretary
Steven Swyers, Treasurer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, December 8, 2014

Contact Chief Chuck Marsonette at (314) 514-0900

ARRIVE TO AND RETURN FROM WORK SAFE

Chesterfield, MO-The Monarch Fire Protection District (MFPD) “Safety Incentive Program” was unveiled on October 1, 2014, and is off to a successful start. MFPD is pleased to announce two of the four shifts have already achieved their first 60-day safety incentive goal. Each of these crews has had no reportable injuries within a 60-day period.

This is the newest addition to an already robust emphasis on employee health and safety. The Safety Incentive Program was dovetailed off the recent introduction of the applauded District Safety Manual as part of the Worker’s Compensation Reform instituted by the Board of Directors. We have attempted to couple these programs with training in an effort to raise the bar on employee safety. “It is our intent that every employee of MFPD arrive to their shift safe and healthy and return from their shift safe and healthy”, emphasized Chief Chuck Marsonette.

“This is a significant achievement that demonstrates the cooperation between the staff and our new Command team of Chief Chuck Marsonette and Assistant Chief Cary Spiegel,” continued Board President Robin Harris.

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Dear Neighbors, Santa and your Monarch Firefighters will be visiting neighrborhoods again this year:

MFPD Santa Schedule 2014

PLAN OF ACTION IN CASE OF CIVIL UNREST

From the Desk of the Chief

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.