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Evanston Fire Department news

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The City of Evanston announced the appointment of Brian Scott as Evanston fire chief effective Monday, January 9, 2017. City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz appointed Scott following a national search that began following the retirement of Chief Greg Klaiber in September.

“Brian Scott competed against a national pool of candidates for the position of fire chief. He proved that with his long experience as a fire professional as well as his keen understanding of the Evanston Fire Department that he is the best person for this job,” said Bobkiewicz.

A 17-year veteran of the Evanston Fire Department, Scott began his career as a firefighter/paramedic in December 1999. He was promoted to captain/paramedic in 2006, and became division chief of operations and training in 2014. In September 2015, Scott was promoted to deputy chief of operations and training, where he directed and led fire suppression operations and managed the department’s fire prevention bureau. Scott has served as co-chair of the department’s training committee, as a member of the EMS committee, and on the rescue dive team.

Scott is currently a field instructor for the Illinois Fire Service Institute in Urbana-Champaign, and is pursuing his Chief Fire Officer Certification through the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association. He has a Master’s of Science Degree in Public Safety Administration from Lewis University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Southern Illinois University, along with numerous fire training certificates from the Illinois State Fire Marshall and the Illinois Fire Service Institute.

Chief Scott will be recognized at the Evanston City Council meeting on January 9, 2017.

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Evanston Fire Department news

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Evanston firefighters have raised concerns about an interim arrangement placing the department under the city’s police chief rather than naming someone from the department until a full-time fire chief is selected.

With the retirement of Fire Chief Greg Klaiber effective Sept. 14, the city manager announced that the city would conduct its own nationwide recruitment process for the position.

In the meantime, Police Chief Richard Eddington was asked to supervise on an interim basis the fire department’s deputy and division chiefs, he wrote in a memo that went to all city staff.

“Operation of the Fire Department will continue as usual under this arrangement until the new fire chief begins work,” he wrote.

The move is a departure from past interim situations, union members said, where fire or police personnel ran their departments during the search for a permanent chief. Representatives of Local 742 recently met with the city manager to state such concerns, said Matt Smith, president of Evanston Firefighters Local 742.

Firefighters had expected Deputy Chief Brian Scott on an interim basis to run the department that is comprised of more than 100 firefighters.

Klaiber had elevated Scott to deputy chief of operations and fire prevention in September of last year. He singled out Scott for high praise in his retirement speech at the Sept. 16 city council meeting.

Smith said firefighters believe Scott working with Klaiber over the past few years had contributed to building a fantastic department. He also singled out the department’s community outreach programs (including a first-time citizens fire academy), and excellent labor-management relations.

Not bringing him into the spot and placing the police chief in charge “has left us a little bit uncertain and a little bit anxious what’s going to happen over the short-term,” Smith said.


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