Thread: Bilingual Firefighters
12-07-2010, 12:52 PM #1
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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.
12-07-2010, 12:58 PM #2
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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
12-07-2010, 04:52 PM #3
12-07-2010, 11:17 PM #4
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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.
12-09-2010, 09:45 AM #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."Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”
--General James Mattis, USMC
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