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    Hello, I am new to the site and interested in pursuing a career as a paid firefighter when I graduate. I have to write a paper about a career that speaks to the need for bilingual skills in the particular field. I am looking for any opinions or responses to the necessity or benefits, if any, to being a bilingual firefighter. Any information helps.

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    Depends on the city demographics

    What the second language you speak is

    Some cities will give extra pay for second language

    It does help to have a translator, instead of trying to to sign language

    And not only useful to the fire department but other city agencies


    If you look at the police side you will see cases where a language barrier has lead to shootings and court cases


    Some states require mandatory Spanish classes for police officers
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    • #3
      Originally posted by fire49 View Post
      Depends on the city demographics

      What the second language you speak is

      Some cities will give extra pay for second language

      It does help to have a translator, instead of trying to to sign language

      And not only useful to the fire department but other city agencies


      If you look at the police side you will see cases where a language barrier has lead to shootings and court cases


      Some states require mandatory Spanish classes for police officers

      AND communications officers. si
      Stay Safe and Well Out There....

      Always remembering 9-11-2001 and 343+ Brothers

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      • #4
        Gomezz-

        I speak Spanish fluently. I've used it my entire career as a medic and firefighter. The need is there...The locality is the key as to what languages are most needed. You will find that there are some municipalities that offer a stipend for the tested skill, but many don't. Think of it as just another huge plus to have in your arsenal. Also, after you've earned the badge, you'll be invaluable in the right places.

        Best,

        Paul
        PaulC
        FF/EMTP
        City of Las Vegas Fire & Rescue
        gethiredbyfire.com & The Fire Jobs App

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        • #5
          I say don't ask don't tell.

          What? Oh, that's not what he meant? Sorry.

          I am bilingual. I speak both standard English and Appalachian English.


          Being halfway serious now, there's a lot of good advice here. I understand that San Francisco, for example, is LOADED with different languages, as are most bigger cities.

          Whether they pay you to be bilingual, pay you to become bilingual, or neither, it's still a great feather in your cap. Remember, in any job it's very helpful to make yourself indispensable. That way they might not dispense with you.
          “I am more than just a serious basketball fan. I am a life-long addict. I was addicted from birth, in fact, because I was born in Kentucky.”
          ― Hunter S. Thompson

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