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Evanston’s recruiting firefighters

The City of Evanston's Fire and Life Safety Services has begun a recruitment campaign following the City Council's approval this week of giving preference points to applicants who live in Evanston.

The City of Evanston's Fire and Life Safety Services has begun a recruitment campaign following the City Council's approval this week of giving preference points to applicants who live 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.

The department will hold 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 about the application process, qualifications, training opportunities and benefits.

Klaiber says the department is committed to providing 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.

As a condition of employment applicants 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. A full job description is available online.

Applications are available at www.publicsafetyrecruitment.com, by calling 1-800-343-HIRE or e-mail at [email protected]

For questions about the firefighter/paramedic position not related to the application or process, call 847-448-8191.

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