Fire Captain Dwight Hohl is being promoted to division chief of Evanston’s Life-Safety Services effective Oct. 15.

Evanston Fire Chief Greg Klaiber said in announcing the promotion that Hohl “has proven his dedication and commitment” to the city and the department throughoout his career and “will be a welcome addition to our command staff.”

Hohl fills the vacancy left when Klaiber was promoted to chief earlier this year. His duties will include responsibility for managing the department’s emergency medical services and special team operations including water rescue, hazardous materials and technical rescue.

Hohl joined the department in 1992 as a firefighter/paramedic.  In 2007, he was promoted to fire captain/paramedic.

In addition to his fire suppression duties as a captain, he was the shift EMS coordinator and member of the water rescue dive team. Hohl worked in areas of mentoring and training, records keeping and a member of the policy and procedures committee.

Recently Hohl was instrumental in the newly deployed electronic patient care reporting system and has worked closely with the St. Francis EMS system to educate paramedics. Hohl has a degree in Science from Belize Technical College in Belize City, C.A.

In 2009, Evanston Fire & Life-Safety Services ran 8,566 calls for service of which 5,355 were for emergency medical services.

There will be a promotion ceremony at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 15, at the fire administration office at 909 Lake St.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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