Three Fire Chiefs in Monarch Fire Protection District Resign within Two Months

MAY 1, 2014, St. Louis, Missouri…Firefighters and paramedics in the Monarch Fire Protection District assure the public that emergency services will not be compromised despite the abrupt resignation of Chief Tom Vineyard this week and resignations by two other chiefs in the last two months.

“Despite rapid-fire resignations among the department’s leadership team, our firefighter/paramedic team remains on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide top-quality emergency services to the communities that we serve,” says Andrew T. Stecko, Shop Steward and District Vice President of Local 2665.

“Fighting fires, saving lives and protecting property remains our number one priority,” Stecko says.

“The Monarch Fire Protection District is losing a much-admired Chief in Tom Vineyard. His resignation comes just weeks after Battalion Chief Dave Houston resigned and two months after Assistant Chief John Borgmann resigned,” says Stecko.

“Despite the leadership turmoil, our firefighter/paramedic team is working hard to ensure that the issues do not impact public safety or our team’s first-response services.”

Firefighters/Paramedics in the Monarch Fire Protection District serve large parts of Chesterfield, Ballwin, Clarkson Valley, Creve Coeur, Maryland Heights and Wildwood, plus parts of unincorporated St. Louis County, Missouri.

The district covers 63 square miles as an independent taxing authority with a three-member Board of Directors elected to six-year terms.

The firefighters/paramedics are proud members of the Professional Fire Fighters of Eastern Missouri IAFF Local 2665.

For more information, contact Andrew T. Stecko at 636 368 6123 or see the website http://www.monarchfirefighters…