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So you’ve always wanted to be a firefighter; now’s your chance

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Ask a little kid what he wants to be when he grows up, there’s a good chance he’ll reply that he wants to be a fireman. Evanston’s Fire & Life Safety Services is ready to make that happen.

The department has launched a recruiting campaign designed to find “motivated and progressive-thinking individuals who will be committed to serving the residents of Evanston with excellence and professionalism,” says Chief Greg Klaiber.

To be eligible to be an Evanston firefighter/paramedic, you must be a man or woman, 20 to 34 years old (or older if you are already a firefighter/paramedic), a U.S. citizen, a high school graduate, and a licensed driver.

You also must have normal color vision, have successfully completed the candidate physical ability test (CPAT) with ladder climb certification by Aug. 24, and have the ability to complete and pass firefighter/paramedic education and certifications.

A full job description is available on the city’s website.

If you’re still interested, you should come to the department’s informational session on Saturday, July 13, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at Evanston Township High School, 1600 Dodge Ave., where recruiters will try   to answer all your questions.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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