Monarch Fire Protection District employee rally

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(KTVI) – More controversy could come to a head today in a west county fire district that has already seen a lot of conflict.  Firefighter union members in the Monarch Fire Protection District will hold a rally before a disciplinary hearing for one of its members.  Union members say they will hold a rally at 3pm to support their shop steward Chris Gelven who is also a captain inthe district.

Gelven could face discipline for speaking with the media after the union said that the Monarch fire board acquired bullet proof vests earlier this year.  Back in April, Gelven said the bullet proof vests would be used to line a half wall in front of the desk that board members use at meetings.

The union and the board have been at odds over numerous issues for some time.

The union says Gelven was off duty, was wearing his union apparel, and was acting in his capacity as a shop steward when he responded to questions from the media about the bullet proof vests.

At 4pm, the board will hold a disciplinary hearing for Gelven behind closed doors.

Then a public meeting will take place after that at 5:30.

The union says Gelven could be demoted, suspended or even fired.

We will see what kind of fireworks fly at the rally and the meeting that follows.

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