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.