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Bilingualism in other languages may be useful, but firefighters bilingual in other languages do not receive any extra pay.
My county is 30% hispanic; 22.3% of residents speak Spanish as their primary language at home.
Of that 22.3%, 54% speak English very well, 17% speak English well, 18% speak English not well, and 11% don't speak English at all.
So, when the fire department hires Spanish/English bilinguals, they are actually acquiring someone with a very useful skill that will be used on a daily basis in saving lives.
I do not believe we have enough residents that speak languages other than Spanish or English to make bilingualism in other languages crucial.
In another place, where there were a large population of non-English-speaking Germans, your skill might very well be worth money to the community.
Last edited by 1069; 03-13-10 at 12:19 PM.
I will PM you the name of the county, and a link to a fact page which contains information on the ethnic and language demographics of my county.
I will also PM this to anyone else who is interested.
I do not care to reveal my exact location on the public board.
* edit: PM sent.
Last edited by 1069; 03-13-10 at 12:16 PM.
Thanks for the info.....
That said, I don't think any accomodations should be made for non-english speakers, period......
Half of them are here illegally & the other half are anchor babies...
The only bilingual federal employees that should get paid extra are ICE agents, so they know exactly where to ship the illegal dirtbags back to......
Last edited by Hatuey; 03-13-10 at 02:35 PM.
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