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New engine for the Evanston FD (more)

From the Evanston Fire Department Facebook page:

The EFD will host a Push-In Ceremony for new Engine 22 on Friday September 25th at 7:15AM at Station 2 located at Madison and Custer. The new engine will be blessed by our Chaplain, wet down, dried off, and pushed in by our members, a tradition dating back to the horse drawn era. Please join us as we celebrate placing new Engine 22 in service.

 

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new Pierce fire engine in Evanston

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Evanston Fire Department news

From the City of Evanston:

Evanston Fire Department and Oakton Community College collaborate to create tuition-free firefighter apprenticeship program

The Evanston Fire Department in collaboration with Oakton Community College has established their first public service apprenticeship program, allowing residents of Evanston to gain a career path in fire service tuition-free. 

Evanston residents who are at least 17 years of age are eligible to apply for the three-year apprenticeship program. They will work, train and learn in preparation to test for a full-time appointment as an Evanston firefighter/paramedic. Students from Evanston Township High School are encouraged to apply.

Upon successful completion of the 3 year program, apprentices will have approximately 3,000 hours of work experience. Students that fulfill the firefighter apprenticeship requirements will receive a Basics of Fire Fighting Certificate, Fire Science Technology Certificate, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certificate and an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Fire Science Technology from Oakton. In addition, students will earn a Candidate Physical Ability Test Card and Ladder Climb Certification from a third-party provider. The City of Evanston will cover tuition and training costs.

Oakton’s partnership with EFD is just one example of the full range of cost-effective, high-quality training solutions developed by Oakton’s Workforce Solutions team that can be delivered at a variety of locations. Oakton has an experienced team of consultants, trainers and program managers who develop customized training programs enhancing employee skills and knowledge to drive business results.

According to Ruben Howard II, PhD., Oakton’s director of Workforce and Strategic Partnerships, one apprenticeship is expected to be offered before the end of the year.

“We’re proud to be relying on our community relationships to bring this innovative apprenticeship program to Evanston, while helping make a career in fire service a reality for those who may never have thought it possible,” Howard said. “Oakton is excited to expand on these types of relationships with business partners in our community.”

EFD Fire Chief Brian Scott added, “This program will help better educate, train and prepare Evanston youth for a career in the fire service while providing a more valid evaluation of a potential candidate compared to current testing models. Additionally, the program will promote diversity by providing an opportunity for Evanston youth to serve their community as they graduate from ETHS”.

He also stated, “It’s also our hope that at the end of the process, participants will be given preference points on any participating agency’s firefighter eligibility list, significantly increasing their chances for appointment to a fire department.”

Jobs for firefighters and paramedics are in demand. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for firefighters was $50,850 in May 2019. Employment of firefighters is projected to grow 5% through 2028. In addition, the BLS reports that the median annual wage for paramedics was $35,400 in May 2019. The need for paramedics is expected to grow 7% through 2028, faster than the average for all occupations.

Online applications for the program will be accepted from September 1st thru November 2nd at https://careers-cityofevanston.icims.com/jobs . An information session has been scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. To RSVP, email apprenticeships@oakton.edu

 

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New engine for the Evanston FD (more)

From the Pierce Flickr site:

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Pierce Enforcer fire engine

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House fire in Evanston, 7-11-20

From the City of Evanston:

Evanston Fire Department press release

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New engine for the Evanston FD (more)

Evanston FD Engine 22

From Facebook:

 

Evanston FD Engine 22

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2-Alarm high-rise fire in Evanston, 3-7-20

Excerpts from nbcchicago.com

Evanston firefighters were called at 7:15 p.m. Saturday for reports of a fire in the 1600 block of Chicago Avenue. The fire broke out in an 11th-floor unit, but the sprinkler system kept it from spreading. Firefighters put out the remaining flames when they arrived.

The unit where the fire started sustained significant smoke and water damage and multiple other apartments were damaged by water. Several residents were displaced.

No injuries were reported and the cause of remains under investigation.

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Box alarm fire in Evanston, 4-8-20

Excerpts from fox32chicago.com:

Evanston firefighters were called at 9:09 p.m. for a fire in a the single-family home in the 2200 block of Sherman Avenue Sunday night.

Firefighters arrived to find the south side of the house engulfed in flames with heavy smoke throughout. They removed a confused resident from the front doorway and rescued the family cat from inside the home.

The fire was extinguished within an hour. The resident was taken to a hospital in good condition. Two firefighters were also taken to hospitals with minor soft tissue injuries.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Evanston FD command car

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New engine for the Evanston FD

From the Evanston FD Facebook page:

A preliminary drawing of what our new Engine Co. 22 is going to look like. The final specification is currently being worked on by Pierce and we should have the updated rendering shortly. A few minor modifications to this drawing but nothing major. We are looking to take delivery in October. A great THANK YOU to all of the citizens, city staff and city council for your continued support!

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Evanston Fire Department news

Excerpts from Evanstonnow.com:

Evanston Firefighters found smoke coming from the roof and windows of a residence at 1017 Mulford St. when they arrived on the scene about 4:25 p.m. Wednesday 11/20/19.

As the first crews arrived on scene, they determined that the fire was in the first floor kitchen and was already extending into the second floor through a void space. None of the residents were at home, but a dog perished due to smoke inhalation.

Evanston fire companies were assisted by neighboring communities in both handling the fire as well as providing fire and EMS coverage for the remainder of the city during the incident.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

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Evanston Fire Department news

Excerpts from the dailynorthwestern.com:

The Evanston Fire Department (EFD) and public health officials urged residents to learn about the state’s new smoke detector law, which requires residents to install an alarm with a 10-year sealed battery by 2022.

The EFD worked with the Illinois General Assembly to pass the law because of the number of deaths that occur in Illinois homes without smoke detectors. In 2018, 70 percent of the residential fire deaths were in homes without smoke detectors.

Evanston Fire Chief Brian Scott said that though the number of people killed in fires has decreased in the past, people are more likely to die in a residential fire than they were years ago. The majority of deaths are caused by smoke inhalation, which can be prevented by people escaping faster.

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