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Bilingual Police and Firefighters to Receive More Money

By Brian Collins

KILLEEN- Tuesday city council members voted to give firemen incentives of $50 to $75 a month if they can prove they are bilingual.  The city council gave the same incentives to police one week before.

Firefighters say not having bilingual firefighters creates a more strenuous environment and puts others at risk.

City officials say 20% of Killeen citizens speak a foreign language at home.

Firefighters and police interested in receiving the incentive must pass a verbal test for the $50 incentive, as well as a written test for the $75 incentive. Both tests require a 70% passing grade.

The vote passed unanimously and is affective immediately.

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