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Dealing with hornet hive firefighters’ way

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    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, July 15, 2019   /  12:19 pm
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When people think about firefighters, they immediately picture men in orange uniforms putting out fires.  However, many also turn to them for animal rescues, medical emergencies and wild-animal control: from a snake slithering on dirt or hiding in a pipe to a hornets’ nest that needs removal from one’s house.  For the firefighter and rescue team in East Jakarta, hornet control is a part of their daily tasks.  “I got stung so many times, I might become The Wasp,” said Suradi, an East Jakarta rescue team member referring to a fictional American superhero. He recalled being stung eight times by hornets last year, which resulted in fever and swollen skin. However, he considered himself to be lucky because some of his friends needed to be hospitalized for days. In 2018, he helped a resident in Halim Perdanakusuma, East Jakarta to dispose o...