Monday, February 18, 2013
The district was given $1,500 from the Missouri American Water Company toward the purchase of a fire eductor. The tool allows for the pumping of water from sources, such as streams or swimming pools, and will aid in the fighting of fires in rural areas.
Monarch Fire Protection District teams added another tool to their firefighting arsenal, thanks to a grant from the Missouri American Water Company. A check for $1,500 toward the purchase of a fire eductor was presented to Monarch Assistant Chief John Borgmann Feb. 11. The donation was part of a grant program run by the company that benefits fire districts in areas covered by Missouri American Water. According to a press release from the district, the Turbodraft fire eductor is used to access “static water sources,” such as lakes or ponds that are not easily reached by using typical drafting, or suction, techniques. Essentially, the device allows the district to pump water through hoses from such sources, which is important for fighting …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Former State Senator Jane Cunningham shared her reasonings against a public education officer position at the Monarch Fire Protection District board meeting Thursday.
Former State Senator and Monarch Fire Board Candidate Jane Cunningham spoke out against the hiring of a public education officer at Monarch's Fire Board meeting Feb. 7. Cunningham, running against former State Representative Cole McNary for current Fire Board President Kim Evans's seat in the election this April, shared her thoughts during public comments. With Monarch on the search for a public education officer, Cunningham said she did not see the advantage of the extra cost for the position when "school populations are not increasing and there is not any huge demand." Cunningham suggested the position did not require a career as a firefighter or paramedic, but added that a retired firefighter "might love to come back in" and take the …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The Post-Dispatch interviewed both the remaining candidates, who once held high-profile offices in Jefferson City and now are running for the relatively obscure three-person fire board.
One was once a candidate for statewide office, the other a high-profile member of the Missouri state senate. Now, Cole McNary and Jane Cunningham are the sole candidates for the relatively obscure and low-paying job on the board of the Monarch Fire Protection District. The election is April 2 and both candidates are already getting a little nasty in their campaign for the open seat on the board, according to an article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Both are from Chesterfield and they're the only candidates left in the race for a six-year term. The newspaper quotes Cunningham referring to McNary as "the union candidate" and warning: "You don’t want the union bosses picking who their boss will be." In turn, McNary, who was the GOP …
Monday, January 28, 2013
Former State Senator Jane Cunningham and State Representative Cole McNary are running for the lone seat open in April's election for the fire protection district.
A race for the Monarch Fire Protection District Board of Directors that was four candidates deep after a pair of surprising late entries prior to the January 15 deadline, is now down to two after a pair of candidates, including the lone incumbent, dropped out. The district confirmed late last week that Kim Evans, the board's current chairman, and Russell Lake, have removed their names from consideration for the April 2 election to the three person panel. That leaves former State Senator Jane Cunningham and former State Representative Cole McNary to compete for Evans' seat. Cunningham was redistricted out of the state legislature after she opted not to run in a relocated district, while McNary ran unsuccessfully for State Treasurer. In a …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Residents can contact the Monarch Fire Protection District to schedule free installation as well, but the 600 alarms are being offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Residents within the Monarch Fire Protection District can leverage of a limited supply of half-off smoke alarms being provided by the district. Monarch's House No. 2, at 18424 Wildhorse Creek Rd., services Wildwood residents. The deal is part of an agreement between the district and the Home Depot store in Chesterfield Valley to supply 600 of the hard-wired alarms to residents living within the district for $10.90 each. The smoke alarms are being offered on a first-come, first-serve basis due to the limited supply. District spokespersons said they will provide installation free of charge, although the appointments need to be pre-scheduled. Payment for the smoke alarms must be received prior to installation. Residents may contact the …
Saturday, January 12, 2013
More caution signs are being erected locally after the dog rescue in Wildwood from an icy pond by Monarch Fire Protection District firefighters. Find out how many bodies of potentially frozen water the Metro West Fire Protection District covers.
Metro West Fire Protection District firefighters and paramedics remind Wildwood residents of the dangers that are posed by ponds and other bodies of water that freeze. Last Saturday's icy water rescue involving a puppy who went onto ice to play with geese in Wildwood accentuated the pitfalls of frozen water in the winter: Wildwood Dog Rescued from Icy Pond by Monarch Firefighters Metro West Chief of Fire and EMS Services Vincent Loyal said while frozen water may be appealing, and seem exciting, the dangers are real, immediate, and potentially fatal. "In many incidents this single decision can put friends, family and emergency responders lives at risk," he said. Caution signs will be distributed to any subdivision, business or school …
Saturday, January 5, 2013
VIDEO: Look what this local firefighter paramedic did to save one of man's best friends.
Monarch Fire Protection District firefighters just rescued a dog from the Pine Bend subdivision in Wildwood. The subdivision is located off Wildhorse Creek Road. The incident occurred at approximately 2:47 p.m. today. Monarch's Fire Marshal Roger Herin said the dog, Gretchen, was found to be approximately 60 feet off shore in water beyond the ice. "Firefighter/Paramedic Chris Marshall crawled out on the ice, went into the water, grabbed the dog and slid back on the ice, saving the dog’s life," said Herin. Added to article at 10:30 p.m.: During the 10 p.m. newscast of KSDK-TV, Marshall said it was his first ice rescue. Gretchen is the dog of 10-year-old Lilly Rahm in Wildwood.
Monday, December 17, 2012
Monarch Fire Protection District firefighters are partnering with Santa Claus to celebrate the big day locally prior to Dec. 25. See the following times and locations for scheduled neighborhood stops Dec. 18-20.
If inclement weather is present during the following slated times and dates—such as measurable snowfall, rain, or extreme cold weather—the Santa events in conjunction with local Monarch Fire Protection District firefigters will be held at: If weather is an issue, Monarch representatives indicated they will post changes on the district's Facebook page and on their website. SANTA’S ROUTE ON DEC. 18 5:00 p.m. – First stop at Chesterfield Estates subdivision Location: Riverdale Dr. / Riverdale Circle (best to pull into the circle) Nearest Subdivisions: Chesterfield Estates, Eagle Crest Estates, Fox Hill Farms 5:30 p.m. – Second stop at The Bluffs Of Wildhorse Location: Hillcrest Ridge Dr. / Bluff View Ridge Dr. Nearest Subdivisions: Spring …
Monday, December 10, 2012
The budget was adopted by the fire district's board of directors by a vote of 2-1, and will include the hiring of two new firefighters to replace outgoing employees.
Monarch Fire Protection District (MFPD) board of directors passed a balanced budget for 2013 last week, which predicts its operating revenue will remain mostly flat, but will still allow for the hiring of two full-time firefighter/paramedics to replace a pair of outgoing employees. The budget was prepared by MFPD Chief Tom Vineyard, and adopted by the district’s board of directors at a meeting Dec. 5. Director Kim Evans said the $17 million budget largely resembled the one for 2012. “We were able to keep the tax rates flat from year to year so we essentially have to adopt the same budget with minor exceptions," she said. On the revenue side, the district is forecasting it will bring in $17,156,200, compared to the $16,933,200 estimated …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Wildwood business owners of the new Firehouse Subs will host a dedication ceremony on Thursday (today) afternoon. They are part of the restaurant chain that donated the ATV. Monarch's House No. 2, at 18424 Wildhorse Creek Rd., services Wildwood residents
Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation managers donated a Polaris Ranger 6X6 800 all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and trailer to the Monarch Fire Protection District. A dedication ceremony will take place at 2:30 p.m. Thursday (today) at Firehouse Subs, located at 1649 Clarkson Road in Chesterfield. See related article: Firehouse Subs Shop Launched by Wildwood Couple Firehouse Subs was started 18 years ago by firefighters. Local franchise owners are Wildwood residents Robert and Lisa Phillips. The chain now has more than 525 Firehouse Subs restaurants in 32 states and Puerto Rico. The donated ATV is fitted with equipment to handle both fires and medical emergencies, and will be used for off-road incidents, including medical emergencies along …