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Jakarta Post

Rescuing more lives: Jakarta turns to robots in battle against fires

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, February 16, 2020   /  12:17 pm
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Jakarta Fire and Rescue Agency personnel demonstrate an Austrian-made firefighting robot that is able to atomize a jet of water of 2,400 liters per minute at a distance of 60 meters on Feb. 13.(JP/Tri Indah Oktavianti)

Having joined the Jakarta firefighter squad in 2004 right after graduating high school, Jumadi, 34, said fires no longer intimidated him. To him, stepping into a life-threatening situation to save people’s lives is a noble job he wants to keep doing as long as he can.  “Thank God, I have never been badly hurt in fire operations. But I lost my colleague and best friend to a fire,” he said. The father of three recalled spending downtime at home playing volleyball when a fire broke out in a densely populated neighborhood of Jembatan Besi in Tambora, West Jakarta on one afternoon in December 2009. He later received a call at 11 p.m. that day informing him that three firefighters on his squad were trapped inside a blazing semi-permanent building in a narrow alley after the roof caved in. He went to the hospital in the middle of the night only to find th...