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Jakarta turns to robots in battle against fires

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, February 17 2020   /  01:03 am
New toy: A firefighter demonstrates the functions of the Dok-Ing MVF-5 U3 multifunctional firefighting robot in Duri Pulo, Central Jakarta, on Thursday. (JP/Riand Alfiandy)(JP/Riand Alfiandy)

New toy: A firefighter demonstrates the functions of the Dok-Ing MVF-5 U3 multifunctional firefighting robot in Duri Pulo, Central Jakarta, on Thursday. (JP/Riand Alfiandy)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 blazin...