This person must be able to react quickly and calmly in emergencies, make
effective decisions under stress, establish working relationships with the
public, provide fire protection, prevention and safety services, 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 and investigations as well as education. As a paramedic,
this position is required to treat sick and injured individuals.
(Specific assignment will include some or all of the
Responds to emergency calls; reports to assigned vehicles; dons emergency
gear; rides in emergency vehicles; remains on call at station house.
Applies forcible entry procedures; lifts, carries and uses tools to allow
passage through fences, roofs or locked doors.
Performs salvage and overhaul operations; inspects, cleans, and protects
objects and grounds at fire scenes; attempts to minimize damage caused by
firefighting activities; carries, drags or moves objects such as furniture;
lifts and carries salvage/overhaul tools and equipment; pulls and opens
ceilings and walls using pike pole or similar equipment.
Performs rescue operations; locates victims, removes victims to positions of
safety; carries, leads or drags people as required.
Applies fire extinguishing agents; directs charged hose lines; utilizes
extinguishers; applies fog, chemicals, or water to retard spread of fire;
moves into fire area, including into confined spaces and up stairs.
Carries out ventilation procedures; lifts, carries and uses tools to cut or
open roofs or windows; carries and hangs fans or other equipment.
Performs extrication procedures; lifts, carries and uses extrication
Performs ladder operations; individually, and with others, lifts, carries, and
erects ladders of various sizes; climbs ladders of varying heights while
carrying firefighting equipment; crawls and/or walks on roofs and floors.
Performs hose evolutions; lifts, carries, drags and lays charged and uncharged
hose lines; connects hoses to hydrants or other hoses; drains and loads hose;
turns hydrants on and off.
Administers emergency medical care; performs emergency medical services;
carries patient around and over obstacles while on or off stretcher; transfers
patient to ambulance; applies emergency life support procedures.
Participates in training; attends seminars or training drills; improves
technical skill on an on-going basis.
Interacts with the public; provides information and support to victims;
represents the department to residents and bystanders; interacts with public
(including emotionally disturbed and physically and mentally impaired) in
routine and hostile situations (e.g., instructs groups on emergency
Cleans and maintains station house and maintains grounds; cleans, arranges and
repairs house equipment, building and lawn; performs other house duties (e.g.,
Maintains equipment; inspects, washes and repairs firefighting, rescue, and
EMS equipment; reports equipment in need of replacement.
Maintains physical fitness; performs routine physical exercise; maintains
personal health and physical well-being.
Operates radio/communication equipment; uses two-way communication devices;
transmits and receives emergency communications.
Performs fire prevention activities; inspects homes and buildings; evaluates
potential hazards or fireload; plans potential operations; conducts fire
drills, critiques drill participants on emergency procedures.
Documents information; observes events, gathers information and prepares
reports; completes forms; operates computer.
Participates in specialized operations; performs as directed in hazardous
materials, water rescue and other technical emergency incidents.
Operates emergency vehicles; drives ambulance, trucks or other emergency
vehicles as required.
Performs other duties as assigned or required by supervisor.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS OF WORK:
Must be a U.S. Citizen.
Must possess a high school diploma or GED.
Must possess a valid driver’s license and a safe driving record. Must be
willing and able to obtain a Class A Non-Commercial Driver’s License within 18
months of employment and must be able to maintain it as a condition of
Must be willing and able to obtain a Hazardous Material Operations
Certification within 18 months of employment and maintain it as a condition of
Must be willing and able to obtain a Paramedic License within 18 months of
employment and maintain it as a condition of employment.
Must possess a valid Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) card and Ladder
Climb certification issued within one year of November 7, 2015.
Must be between 21 and 34 years of age at the time of employment. If 35 years
of age or over, must have previous experience as a Firefighter/Paramedic. If
between the ages of 35 and 40, must have turned 35 while serving in reserve
duty or active duty (with honorable discharge) in the military.
Must not possess any misdemeanor or felony convictions in accordance with 65
Must be able to successfully complete all requirements for a State of Illinois
Firefighter II certification.
Preferred qualifications include residency in Evanston IL at the time of
application, completion of a fire cadet program, possession of a paramedic
license, graduation from a fire academy, and/or one year of active duty and
honorable discharge from or reserve duty in the military.
Knowledge, skills, and abilities in the following areas:
Ability to read manuals (safety, instructional, etc.), professional
journals, fire department manuals policies and procedures, and a variety of
Ability to prepare work assignments, summaries and reports using prescribed
format and conforming to all rules of punctuation, grammar, diction and
Ability to give verbal direction to subordinates and to speak
extemporaneously on variety of subjects.
Demonstrated ability to listen to and understand, anticipate resident needs
and satisfy the resident through a timely response with information and
Ability to take action to achieve established goals without constant
Ability to maintain a high activity or productivity level during sustained
Ability to maintain effectiveness even after difficulties; skill and ability
to maintain stable performance under pressure and to relieving stress in an
acceptable manner to the public, fellow employees, and the organization.
Ability to verbally present ideas effectively to an individual or to a
Ability to follow City and department rules, regulations, and procedures
surrounding safety; to report all unsafe conditions and acts to the
supervisor; to report all accidents same day.
Ability to present information publicly either with or without materials;
gather information and accurately identify the cause of a problem in a
Ability to obtain topical information, identify important issues, compare
data and identify cause-effect relationships; make timely decisions using
judgment, take action when appropriate and commit to a position and
implement a course of action.
Ability to take actions that demonstrate consideration for the needs of
others and the effect of one’s behavior on others; initiate action to
achieve a recognized benefit when potential negative consequences are
Ability to work with others in the organization outside the line of formal
authority to accomplish organizational goals and to identify and resolve
problems; use interpersonal style to inspire subordinates, peers or
superiors toward goal achievement; modify behavior to accommodate tasks,
situations and individuals involved.
Ability to present alternatives to reach outcomes and gain support and
acceptance of all parties.
Ability to use appropriate interpersonal style and communication methods to
win acceptance of ideas.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS OF WORK:
Very heavy work; exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to
50 pounds of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly
to move objects. Kneeling (bending legs at knee to come to a rest on knees);
crouching (bending body downward and forward by bending legs and spine);
reaching (extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction); crawling (moving
about on hands and knees or hands and feet); fingering (picking, pinching, or
otherwise working with fingers primarily – rather than with whole hand or arm as
in handling); handling (seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise working
with hands); feeling (perceiving attributes of objects such as size, shape,
temperature or texture by means of receptors in skin, particularly those of
finger tips); climbing (ability to ascend or descend ladders, stairs,
scaffolding, ramps, poles, and the like, using feet and legs and/or hands and
arms); balancing (ability to maintain body equilibrium to prevent falling when
walking, standing, crouching, or running on narrow, slippery, or erratically
moving surfaces); stooping (ability to bend body downward and forward by bending
waist); talking (expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word;
talking is important for those activities in which workers must impart oral
information to clients or to the public, and in those activities in which they
must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers
accurately, loudly or quickly); hearing (perceiving the nature of sounds;
hearing is important for those activities which require the ability to receive
detailed information through oral communication, and to make fine
discriminations in sound; seeing with corrective vision if necessary (the
ability to perceive the nature of objects by eye); far vision (clarity of vision
at 20 feet or more); near vision (clarity of vision at 20 inches or less); depth
perception (ability to judge distance and space relationships so as to see
objects where and as they actually are, including safety to oneself and others);
field of vision (observing an area that can be seen up and in a given point,
when required to see a large area while keeping the eyes fixed); accommodation
(adjustment of lens of eye to bring an object into sharp focus, especially
important when doing near-point work at varying distances from the eye); and
color-vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors). The worker is
subject to environmental conditions: activities occurring both inside and
outside; extreme heat with or without temperature changes, temperature
sufficiently high to cause marked bodily discomfort, wet and/or humid condition,
contact with water or other liquids, humid atmospheric conditions with moisture
content sufficiently high to cause marked bodily discomfort. Exposure to noise,
either constant or intermittent, to cause marked distraction or possible hearing
loss and/or sufficient vibration to cause bodily harm if endured day after day.
Exposure to hazards, conditions or situations in which there is danger to life,
health, or bodily injury. This category includes a variety of physical hazards,
such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, electrical shock, working on
scaffolding and high places, exposure to burns and radiant energy, exposure to
all types of explosives, and exposure to toxic chemical and biological agents.
Under the direction of the Fire Chief, work is performed in a paramilitary
structure. Guidance is provided via the City Code, union contracts, state and
federal legislation and guidelines, National Fire Protection Association
standards, departmental standard operating guidelines, City and departmental
policies, rules and regulations, the policies and standard operating procedures
of the St. Francis EMS System in Region X, and requirements of the Illinois
Department of Public Health and generally accepted professional guidelines.
Work is evaluated through performance of the assigned functions, emergency
responses, observation, reports, memos, work product, communication and
discussion, and is formally evaluated at least annually for performance in these
areas and with this classification standard.
The employee has regular contact with citizens, elected officials, outside
agency representatives, and City employees in many departments throughout the
SELECTION METHOD TYPE OF ELIGIBILITY LIST
LIFE OF FINAL ELIGIBILITY LIST
Written Examination – Pass/Fail Rank Order 2 years
Structured Oral Interview – Pass/Fail
Application of preference points (optional)*
Background Check – Pass/Fail
Polygraph Exam – Pass/Fail
Psychological Assessment – Pass/Fail
Medical Exam & Drug/Alcohol Screens- Pass/Fail
(Candidates may submit documentation to claim preference points after the
Initial Eligibility List is created)
points – minimum of one year active military duty with honorable discharge or
points – Evanston or Skokie resident
points – Completion of the Evanston Fire Department’s Fire Explorer Program
points – Completion of another fire department’s explorer or cadet program
points – Possession of a valid paramedic license from the Illinois Department
of Public Health (EMT-P)
points – Graduation from a State Fire Marshal fire academy
Chosen candidates will be required to provide proof of licenses, certifications,
and education required for this position. Candidates will also be subject to
qualifying pre-employment processes, including polygraph, psychological
evaluation, medical examination, drug/alcohol screen, employment verification,
and criminal background check.
The City of Evanston is an equal opportunity employer and ensures against
discrimination in employment on the basis of a person’s race, color, sex, age,
religion, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital
status, parental status, military discharge status, source of income, housing
status, or gender identity. The City of Evanston is also committed to
accessibility for persons with disabilities. Any person needing mobility or
communications access assistance should contact the Facilities Management Office
at 847-866-2916 (voice) or 847-448-8052 (TTY).