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Becoming a Firefighter

Application Timeline: Jan. 15–Feb. 28, 2018
Written Exam: March 31, 2018

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Learn more about our recruitment process by attending one of our recruitment sessions:

Dec. 9, 2017, 3:30–5:30pm
Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center
1655 Foster St., Evanston

Jan. 13, 2018, 9–11am
Second Baptist Church
1717 Benson Ave., Evanston

Feb. 10, 2018, 9–11am
Levy Senior Center
300 Dodge Ave., Evanston 

"The Evanston Fire Department is seeking motivated and progressive-thinking individuals who will be committed to excellence and professionalism," said Chief Brian Scott. "We have a family that is comprised of 107 men and women, who are the cornerstone of the department’s mission. The department continually strives to provide an environment which is both challenging and rewarding."

The Evanston Fire Department is committed to being a diversified and well-qualified work force. A deliberate, organized 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.

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Applicants must be able to react quickly and calmly in emergencies, make effective decisions under stress, establish working relationships with the public, and provide fire protection, prevention and safety services. You will respond to all fires, explosions, accidents, hazardous material incidents and medical emergencies through tasks associated with the job including, but not limited to, firefighting, driving, maintenance of equipment and grounds, inspections,  making minor repairs, investigations and education.

As a firefighter/paramedic, applicants are required to treat sick and injured individuals. As a condition of employment, you must obtain: State of Illinois Firefighter II Certification; Paramedic License; Hazardous Material Operations Certification; and a Class A Non-Commercial Driver's License.

Applications are available beginning Jan. 15, 2018 at www.applytoserve.com.

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; successfully complete the candidate physical ability test (CPAT) with ladder climb certification by March 31, 2018; and have the ability to complete and pass firefighter/paramedic education and certifications.

Preference points will be given to candidates for residency, military experience, paramedic license, graduation from the EFD Explorer Program or another Fire Department’s Explorer program.

The City of Evanston is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from minorities and women.

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