Evanston Deputy Fire Chief Brian Scott will take over as head of the the department on Jan. 9.

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz announced Scott’s appointment today after a national search begun after the retirement of Chief Greg Klaiber in September.

“Brian Scott competed against a national pool of candidates for the position of fire chief. He proved that with his long experience as a fire professional as well as his keen understanding of the Evanston Fire Department that he is the best person for this job,” said Bobkiewicz. “I look forward to welcoming him to the city’s executive management team and working with him as fire chief.”

A 17-year veteran of the department, Scott began his career as a firefighter/paramedic in December 1999. He was promoted to captain/paramedic in 2006, and became division chief of operations and training in 2014.

In September 2015, Scott was promoted to deputy chief of operations and training, where he directed and led fire suppression operations and managed the department’s fire prevention bureau. Scott has served as co-chair of the department’s Training Committee, as a member of the EMS Committee and on the Rescue Dive Team.

Scott is a field instructor for the Illinois Fire Service Institute in Urbana-Champaign, and is pursuing his Chief Fire Officer Certification through the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association.

He has a master’s of science degree in public safety administration 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.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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    1. Our new chief of the Evanston Fire Department

      Excellent choice for chief of our Evanston Fire Department. May Chief Brian Scott enjoy many years as our chief & may he & all of his brothers & sisters protect all of the citizens of our fine city and be safe as the they protect all of us!

  1. Congrats!!

    Chief Scott, Well deserved! It ensures the Evanston Fire Department will continue on a very successful path. Looking forward to working with you.




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