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Evanston, Illinois



City of Evanston

2100 Ridge Avenue

Evanston, IL 60201

Phone: 847-448-8244

Fax: 847-448-8109




Salary: $53,506.30 - $89,216.43

Population: 74,486

Sworn Officers: 100

Application Deadline: 9/30/15






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 following):

  • 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 tools/equipment.

  • 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 procedures).

  • Cleans and maintains station house and maintains grounds; cleans, arranges and repairs house equipment, building and lawn; performs other house duties (e.g., meal preparation).

  • 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.



  • 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 employment.

  • Must be willing and able to obtain a Hazardous Material Operations Certification within 18 months of employment and maintain it as a condition of employment.

  • 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 ILCS 5/10-2.1-6.3(i).

  • 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 other reports.

    • Ability to prepare work assignments, summaries and reports using prescribed format and conforming to all rules of punctuation, grammar, diction and style.

    • 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 action.

    • Ability to take action to achieve established goals without constant supervisory direction.

    • Ability to maintain a high activity or productivity level during sustained work hours.

    • 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 group.

    • 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 timely manner.

    • 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 understood.

    • 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.




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 City.





  • 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)

  • 5 points – minimum of one year active military duty with honorable discharge or reserve duty

  • 5 points – Evanston or Skokie resident

  • 3 points – Completion of the Evanston Fire Department’s Fire Explorer Program

  • 2 points – Completion of another fire department’s explorer or cadet program

  • 2 points – Possession of a valid paramedic license from the Illinois Department of Public Health (EMT-P)

  • 2 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).












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