Missouri American Water donated more than 3.2 acres of land to the Monarch Fire Protection District on Nov. 22. In addition to the donated land, Monarch will be given license to use an additional 1.9 adjacent acres, for a total of more than five acres of use.
The donated land is located at 911 John Pellet Court in Chesterfield, next door to Missouri American Water’s Central Treatment Plant, and is already the site of a Monarch training facility. The fire protection district has leased the land from Missouri American Water since 2001 for $100 annually.
“Missouri American Water is pleased to build on our collaborative partnership with the Monarch Fire Protection District by donating this land to better accommodate their training needs,” Debbie Dewey, President of Missouri American Water, said. “There’s a lot of work and necessary investment that goes into ensuring the brave firefighters in our service area have access to the life-saving water they need when an emergency strikes, from regularly exercising hydrants to replacing or extending the useful life of aging water mains, storage tanks, and treatment plants. This is just one more way we can support the important fire protection service Monarch provides to our customers.”
The Monarch Fire Protection District covers more than 62 square miles and services more than 60,000 people, meaning the donation will benefit much of St. Louis County.
“The Monarch Fire Protection District is thrilled to receive this donation by Missouri American Water, and we look forward to continuing a great relationship with our Howard Bend neighbors,” Robin Harris, President of the Monarch Fire Protection Board, said. “Missouri American Water’s original leasing of the land to Monarch helped provide advanced training for firefighting and rescue operations. Owning the land upon which our training center sits allows Monarch to expand the facility to encompass fire, rescue and EMS training. Through the generosity of Missouri American Water, Monarch will better provide enhanced training for our life-saving personnel, keeping them ready for any emergency.”