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Applicant Requirements

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Application Period: January 15-February 28, 2020

We will be accepting applications for the Firefighter/Paramedic position at the Evanston Fire Department.  Please click here to submit an application!  Other information can be found on HR's webpage.

Other Important Dates:

(These have been rescheduled due to Coronavirus concerns.)

Tutorial Session for Written Exam - Saturday, September 12, 2020

Written Exam - Saturday, September 26, 2020

Tutorial Session for Oral Interview - To be determined

Oral Interviews - To be determined

Minimum Requirements:

  • Valid Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) and Ladder Climb certification within one year of March 28, 2020.  Evanston residents are eligible for a waiver of the CPAT fee if taken at NIPSTA.  Upcoming CPATs at NIPSTA are scheduled for February 8 and March 7, 2020.  If you are interested in taking one of the remaining CPATs, you will need to provide proof of residence and contact Mary Dankwa at or 847-448-8244.  
  • $25 application fee (waived for Evanston residents)
  • US Citizen or US Permanent Resident
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Valid driver's license
  • Between 21 and 34 years of age, if over 35 years of age, must have previous experience as firefighter/paramedic; if between the ages of 35 and 40, must have turned 35 while serving in the military
  • Willing to obtain paramedic license within 24 months of employment

Salary and Benefits

The City of Evanston provides its Firefighters with a rewarding salary and benefit package which includes:

  • Competitive Wages
  • Tuition Assistance
  • Comprehensive Medical, Dental and Life Insurance
  • Promotional Opportunities
  • Paid Vacations and Holidays


  1. Keep yourself in good physical condition through proper diet and exercise

  2. Avoid the B.A.D. traits. They are Bad Behavior, Alcohol and Drugs: These 3 things will prevent you from any type of public safety employment. If you are involved in any of these activities, STOP now.

  3. If you are not in college, consider taking Fire Science classes at Oakton Community College. In particular, Oakton offer a class on “Preparation for a fire service career” FIR100. This class will properly prepare you for all aspects of the hiring process up to and including the Civil Service interview. Another class to consider is Emergency Medical Technician training or EMT. This class is the first step towards becoming a paramedic and teaches you basic first-aid and other emergency techniques. It will expose you to the paramedic side of the job and shows your motivation in a career as a firefighter/paramedic.

  4. Learn about the Department and the City. Stop by a Fire Station and talk to the firefighter/paramedics.

  5. Start a “personal Information Folder” to store all your pertinent documents such as your diplomas, birth certificates, certifications, armed forces documents, references, etc. This will assist you in completing applications and in the interview process.

  6. Learn about the fire service. Subscribe to magazines such as Firehouse or Fire Engineering. This will keep you informed on the latest trends in the fire service.