Evanston firefighters and police officers lined up outside fire headquarters Friday to honor retiring Fire Chief Brian Scott on his last day.

The “walkout ceremony” was a way to thank Scott for his 21 years of service to the Evanston Fire Department. Scott became Chief in 2017.

Under Scott’s leadership, EFD received its first ever Class 1 certification from the Insurance Service Office (ISO), the highest rating possible, in 2018. City Manager Erika Storlie said, “Thanks to his outstanding leadership, the Evanston Fire Department has been recognized as one of the top fire departments in the nation.”

Scott is retiring from Evanston, but he is not leaving the fire service. He has accepted a job as Deputy Chief of the Western Springs Fire Department.

City Manager Storlie has appointed Evanston Deputy Chief Paul Polep as interim fire chief while a search for a permanent replacement for Scott is conducted.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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