Mississippi fire department is considering a language requirement for employees

  • Source: WCBI-TV CBS 4 Columbus
  • Published: 09/28/2021 12:00 AM

The Starkville Fire Department is looking to add a language requirement for some of their employees. The Starkville Fire Department responded to a construction accident last Friday and was immediately on the scene. But despite their skill and teamwork, the department realized they had a communication challenge. Since the incident, Starkville’s Fire Chief said he has recognized the need for a Spanish speaker on staff and is working on bridging that gap. “Us communicating as a whole with him and seeing work calmed them down,” Starkville Police Officer Diego Soto said. Last Friday afternoon, Starkville Fire and Starkville Police responded to a construction accident where one man was trapped under a lift. However, Fire Chief Charles Yarbrough said the equipment injuries weren’t the only thing his people were having trouble with.


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