The City of Evanston’s Fire and Life Safety Services has begun a recruitment campaign this week following the City Council’s approval of two preference points being awarded to applicants who reside here in Evanston.

“Evanston Fire & Life Safety Services is seeking motivated and progressive thinking individuals who will be committed to excellence and professionalism,” explained Chief Greg Klaiber. “We have a family that is comprised of 107 men and women, which are the cornerstone of the department’s mission.”

As part of the department’s recruitment efforts, they will be holding two informational sessions on March 19 and April 26 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Evanston Township High School, 1600 Dodge Ave. At the sessions, potential applicats will learn what they need to do to apply; qualifications; training opportunities; benefits; and much more.

Evanston Fire & Life Safety Services is committed to being a diversified and well qualified work force. A systematic approach to job enrichment begins with recruit training and it continues throughout an employee’s career. Training and experience enables a firefighter to progress into various assignments and ranks within the department which include: Firefighter/Paramedic; Hazardous Material technician; Special Rescue Specialist; Water Rescue; Fire Inspector/Investigator; and Fire Officer.

Applicants must be able to react quickly and calmly in emergencies, make effective decisions under stress, establish working relationships with the public, provide fire protection, prevention and safety services. You will respond to all fires, explosions, accidents, hazardous material incidents and medical emergencies through tasks associated with the job such as, but not limited to, firefighting, driving, maintenance of equipment and grounds, inspections, making minor repairs, investigations and education. As a paramedic, applicants are required to treat sick and injured individuals. As a condition of employment, you must obtain: State of Illinois Firefighter II Certification; Paramedic License; Hazardous Material Operations Certification; and a minimum Class A – Non CDL drivers license.

Applicants must Be between 20 and 34 years of age (if over 34 years of age, must currently be a firefighter/paramedic); be a citizen of the United States; be a high school graduate; be a licensed driver; have normal color vision; and have the ability to complete and pass firefighter/paramedic education and certifications. Full job description here>>>

Applications are available at, by calling 1-800-343-HIRE or e-mail at For questions about the firefighter/paramedic position (not related to the application or process), call 847/448-8191.