On Monday, Dec. 21, the Monarch Fire Protection District broke ground for a training facility expansion project on land donated by Missouri American Water. The property is located at 911 John Pellet Court in Chesterfield.
First responders will also receive new search and rescue gear purchased with funds provided through Ameren’s annual Firefighter Grant Program. More than 30 grants were awarded to fire departments and emergency organizations serving communities in Missouri American Water service areas.
“We greatly appreciate the life-saving work our firefighters perform to protect our customers,” said Debbie Dewey, president of Missouri American Water. “We carefully plan and invest in our system to provide reliable water service, which is critical for fire protection. We’re thrilled to further support the Monarch Fire Protection District by donating the land for their expanded training facility and providing an award through our Firefighter Grant Program.”
The new 3,600-square-foot space will be designed to be compliant with life safety codes and floodplain criteria. It will include:
• A large pavilion for firefighters to practice live fire and rescue drills.
• An indoor 30-student classroom.
• A storage enclosure capable of securing equipment necessary for modern training facilities.
“Nearing the expiration of the lease and while negotiating an extension, the Missouri American Water Company graciously offered to donate the property to the fire district,” Monarch Chief Cary Spiegel said. “The Training Facility will provide training opportunities where we can partner with the private sector, the water company for example, and train with those employees on specific hazards faced in those fields.”
Construction will begin immediately. The projected completion date is spring 2021.