Volunteer Bee Catcher Stung; Now in ICU|義消捕蜂遭虎頭蜂螫傷 加護病房治療中


On the evening of July 21, volunteer firefighters were called to Taoyuan City's Bade District to catch bees. One was stung by hornets and is now being treated in the intensive care unit.


Paramedics work on this volunteer firefighter as the ambulance heads to the hospital. The 41-year-old man, surnamed Luo, is a member of a Taoyuan City's bee and snake squad. While removing bees from a factory on the 21st, he was stung by a hornet and went into respiratory and cardiac arrest. He is now in stable condition in the ICU.

One or two (hornets) came in at the time. (He was stung) inside. They were able to take care of them. I think they fell on the floor.

After the bowling alley fire in 2015, Taoyuan decided to delegate firefighting to professional firefighters. In 2016, it formed Taiwan's first bee- and snake-catching team under the agriculture department. The 270-member team is made up of volunteers usually sent out in pairs with one person in charge of removal and the other keeping watch. According to reports, Luo's partner failed to follow standard operating procedures.

We also immediately notified all members of the bee and snake team that they must follow standard operating procedures.

The department says every member of the team has insurance and it will help Luo apply for compensation. It also says it will cover Luo's medical bill and step up safety and technical training.



救護車上,消防救護員忙著緊急處置,桃園市捕蜂捉蛇工作大隊一名41歲羅姓義消,21號在八德區工廠執行捕蜂任務時,被虎頭蜂螫傷,一度呼吸心跳暫停,急救後恢復生命跡象,目前仍在加護病房觀察治療。

工廠老闆表示:「在處理的時候,就一、兩隻跑進來這樣子。抓的那個沒事, 是裡面這個有事。後來他們也處理掉了,好像掉在地上了。」

新屋保齡球場大火之後,消防回歸專業,桃園在104年成立全國第一支捕蜂抓蛇大隊,由農業局接回業務,委由義消擔當重任,志願參加,約有270位成員,通常2人一組出勤,一人負責摘除,另一人警戒,據了解,這次事件發生,負責警戒的義消疏忽沒有按照規定著裝。

桃園市農業局林務科長 傅瀅濱表示:「我們也立刻通知,所有的捕蜂捉蛇大隊,要轉知通令所有的人,要依照規定著裝執勤。」

農業局到醫院關心,希望羅姓隊員早日康復,也表示每名隊員都辦理保險,後續將協助申請理賠,並負責醫療費用,未來也會加強隊員自身安全維護和相關專業技能訓練。

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