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    We were paged May 24 for A mvc roll over involving A tractor Trailer. what we found was A tractor trailer loaded with 700 bee hives with each hive having 25,000 bees. the driver was half way out of the cab and under the tractor. we used class a foam to spray on the bees to reach the driver. this took some time due to the fact that we had to deal with 17 million bees. could we have done something different. this was a first for us is there any training to deal with this kind of hazard.
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    There was an article in one of the trade publications a couple of years back about a southern department, maybe in Texas, that was dealing with a similar situation. If memory serves they also foamed the s&^t out of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jayc801 View Post
    We were paged May 24 for A mvc roll over involving A tractor Trailer. what we found was A tractor trailer loaded with 700 bee hives with each hive having 25,000 bees. the driver was half way out of the cab and under the tractor. we used class a foam to spray on the bees to reach the driver. this took some time due to the fact that we had to deal with 17 million bees. could we have done something different. this was a first for us is there any training to deal with this kind of hazard.
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    Class A foam works fairly well, any type of soapy water will kill them. Our county Vector Control uses water and a type of soap almost like dishwashing detergent when they get called out to an aggressive swarm.

    A while back we were called to a swarm attacking two pit bulls. It was amazing how aggressive the Africanized Honeybee can be. We got dressed up in our bee hoods and taped off ourTO's and went in with a booster line and foam. The bees dropped as soon as we hit them with the fog. We rescued the dogs, but unfortunately one of them died due to the stings. We stopped counting the stings after about 200.

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    After we recovered the driver we called in bee keepers to round up the bees they used the hives that were not damaged it took three days to capture most of the bees. the rest of the hives were burned.

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    Send in a probie with a fly swatter.

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    We actually carry bee kits on all our units now due to an increase in Africanized honey bees in Florida. We have had many attacks recently and it has prompted depts here to give specialized training to us. Miami-Dade county has developed a training program(which is what we were given) and you should be able to contact them for info. Like most people have stated, class"A" foam with a fog nozzle is recommended to combat the bees. Our bee "kit" contains (2)head nets which tuck into your turnout gear and duct tape to tape closed all openings,ie. wrists, and bottom of bunker pants. I'll look for some info when I go back to work to email you.

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    fire medic we're going to have those problems soon and was wondering could you email those to me also?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RESQBOSS244 View Post
    Send in a probie with a fly swatter.
    I agree... This is interesting though. Never thought of something like this going down and it's nice to know that foam will take care of the problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RESQBOSS244 View Post
    Send in a probie with a fly swatter.

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