Evanston Fire Chief Greg Klaiber today announced the promotion of Fire Captain Brian Scott to division chief of training and professional development.

The promotion is effective Monday, March 24.

Scott will fill the vacancy left when Division Chief Geoff Block retired in December.

Klaiber noted that with many retirements in recent years, more than half the city’s firefighters have less than a decade on the job.

So Scott’s primary focus initially, Klaiber says, will be company officer development and the firefighter mentoring program.”

Scott joined the department in December 1999 as a firefighter/paramedic.

He was promoted to captain in 2006 and was co-chair of the department’s training committee a dive team member and is past president of Evanston Firefighters Local 742.

He is currently a field instructor for the Illinois Fire Service Institute in Urbana-Champaign and is enrolled in the executive fire officer certification program at the United States National Fire Academy.

He has a master’s degree from Lewis University and a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University.

“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,” Klaiber added.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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