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From the City of Evanston:

The men and women of the Evanston Fire Department would like to extend a sincere thank you to Chief Brian Scott for his years of dedicated service and leadership. The Evanston Fire Department is better today than the day he was hired in large part due to his vision, leadership, and unbelievable work ethic.

His leadership started impacting our department from the moment he was hired. Chief Scott helped shape our operations and training through committee leadership and further molded our department as Local 742’s president and ultimately our fire chief.

Brian Scott’s fingerprints are found throughout EFD and the City of Evanston. By working tirelessly as Local 742’s president during the 2010 layoffs, he played an instrumental role in regaining the best services possible for the citizens of Evanston. As the fire chief, Brian’s leadership has earned the department an ISO Class 1 rating, EFD has implemented an apprenticeship program for future firefighters, and started a community based para-medicine program called (ECHO). Today, the members of the Evanston Fire Department are able to serve the people of Evanston to the best of our abilities because of his vision and leadership.

While it is difficult to see you go, we’d like to thank Chief Scott for leaving EFD better than he found it.   


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Evanston Fire Department news

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Evanston firefighters responded to a record number of calls in 2016 including two extra alarm fires in April that occurred the same day, two hours apart. This was the highest volume since 1987, according to a report presented at last Monday’s city council meeting.

Calls for service totaled 10,267 in 2016, according to Evanston Fire Department Chief Brian Scott’s report and presentation. Of those, 62 percent, or 6,441, were for emergency medical services. More than 3,820 were for fire response.

That’s up from 9,630 calls in 2015, of which 5,994 were emergency medical service calls and 3,636 for fire responses.

The Evanston Fire Department employs 107 sworn firefighters and three civilian support staff. The department works out of five stations with five engines, two trucks, and three ambulances.

The number of calls for service has grown as Evanston’s population and Northwestern University’s student count has expanded, and as more events are held around the city, among other reasons, Deputy Chief Paul Polep said.

Scott boasted about the department’s average response time: three minutes and two seconds which is less than the national standard of four minutes. Scott credited that lower time with saving both lives and property, with an  estimated savings of nearly $90 million in property in 2015 and $264 million in 2016.

“The fact that we had zero (fire) fatalities in 2016 we can attribute partly to the fact of those response times,” Scott said.

In 2016 the department extinguished 114 fires, up from 99 fires in 2015. Both years the department saved 98 percent of property involved.

For 2017, Scott plans to work with the telecommunications center to finish upgrading the computer aided dispatch system and fire incident reporting system. He hopes to implement emergency medical reporting and mapping software, improve and expand fire and life safety education programs for grade school kids, and recertify paramedics in advanced cardiac life support.

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