By Melica Johnson and KATU.com Web Staff
SALEM, Ore. — Some English-speaking firefighters are losing their jobs because of an Oregon state law that requires them to be bilingual.
The Department of Forestry enacted a law three years ago that requires them to be bilingual, but this year they’re actually enforcing it.
Jim Walker of the Department of Forestry said “what we do know is 85 percent of the crew make-up is of Hispanic decent.”
But many of the Hispanic fire fighters do not speak English. Walker says the language barrier is a concern.