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Monarch Fire District is one of the only two Heavy Rescue Squads in the St. Louis County. Rescue Squad 2216 provides a compliment of specialized personnel and tools to perform rescues involving the following: High angle, confined space, trench collapse, swift and flood water, ice, structure collapse, vehicle and machinery rescues. Pumper and ladders in the district have a condensed cash of this equipment and are trained in the utilization of this equipment. Rescue Squad 2216 has an extensive capability to perform these rescues. In addition to the Squad, Monarch is the home of Heavy Mover 2246. This is a Fifty five foot tractor trailer that has even more specialized equipment. It is the workhorse of the St. Louis area Strike Team 3. Strike Team 3 is the areas URBAN SEARCH and RESCUE team. The team is compiled of firefighters from all over the St. Louis County. Monarch has 45 members that are attached to this team. All team members have been certified in advance training and continue to maintain their skills. The Monarch Fire district Special Ops and Heavy Rescue teams are coordinated by Deputy Chief Robin Echele.
Also Monarch Fire has 4 firefighters that are attached to the Missouri Task Force 1. Missouri Task Force 1 is one of only 28 FEMA Urban Search and Rescue teams in the country.