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Evanston Fire Chief Greg Klaiber announces the promotion of Fire Captain Brian Scott to Division Chief of Training and Professional Development effective Monday, March 24, 2014.

Division Chief Scott will fill the vacancy left when Division Chief Geoff Block retired in December, 2013. Scott will direct and lead the Department’s Training Division. Evanston Fire & Life Safety Services’ demographics have significantly changed over the last few years, with 52 percent of the members having less than 10 years of service.

“Because we are such a young Department, Division Chief Scott’s initial primary focus will be in two critical areas: Company Officer development and our Firefighter Mentoring program.” said Fire Chief Klaiber.

Division Chief Scott joined the Department in December, 1999 as a firefighter/paramedic. In 2006, Scott was promoted to Fire Captain/Paramedic. In addition to his fire suppression duties as a Captain, he was Co-Chair of the Department’s Training Committee, EMS Committee Member, Dive Team Member, past President of Evanston Firefighters Local 742, and currently a Field Instructor for the Illinois Fire Service Institute in Urbana-Champaign.

Division Chief Scott is currently enrolled in the Executive Fire Officer Certification Program at the United States National Fire Academy. He has a Master’s of Science Degree from Lewis University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Southern Illinois University, along with numerous fire training certificates from the Illinois State Fire Marshall and the Illinois Fire Service Institute.

“Division Chief Scott possesses the experience, leadership and vision to bring a constructive and positive culture of training and professional development to the members of Evanston Fire & Life Safety Services.”  said Fire Chief Klaiber.

Division Chief Scott will be recognized at the City Council meeting on Monday, March 31, 2014.