The City of Evanston’s Fire and Life Safety Services has   begun a recruitment campaign this week for the position of   firefighter/paramedic. Recruitment efforts will focus locally with five   preference points awarded to applicants who reside in   Evanston.  

“Evanston Fire & Life Safety Services is seeking   motivated and progressive-thinking individuals who will be committed to   serving the residents of Evanston with excellence   and professionalism,” explained Chief Greg Klaiber. “We have a   family that is comprised of 107 men and women, who are sworn to protect   and serve our residents 365 days a year.”   

As part of the department’s recruitment efforts, they will   be holding an informational session on Saturday, July 13 from 1 p.m. to 3   p.m. at Evanston Township High School, 1600 Dodge Ave. At the sessions,   potential applicants 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; Technical Rescue   Specialist; Water Rescue; Fire Inspector/Investigator; and Fire   Captain.  

Applicants must be able to react quickly and calmly in   emergencies, make effective decisions under stress, establish working   relationships with the public, and provide fire protection, prevention and   safety services. They 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 driver’s   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; have successfully completed the candidate physical   ability test (CPAT) with ladder climb certification by August 24, 2013, and   have the ability to complete and pass firefighter/paramedic education and   certifications. Visit for full job   description. 

The application deadline is noon, July 22, 2013.   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.