MONARCH, Mo. (KMOX) – More controversy in the Monarch Fire Protection District, this time involving the Explorer Program that has been in existence for 20 years.

According to union representatives, the program ended effective Jan. 1.

But Monarch Fire Chief Chuck Morsonette tells KMOX News, that is not true.

He says Asst. Fire Chief Cary Spiegel contacted Boy Scouts of America and was informed the Explorer Program had become lackluster and didn’t have enough membership under the previous administration.

KMOX contacted Explorer Post 2202’s Mary April, and she says that statement is not accurate.

April says the post “wouldn’t be able to continue the program with that particular posts if there wasn’t enough kids and if there wasn’t enough leaders.”

Morsonette says his administration is moving forward to reinvigorate the Explorer Program.

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