Bee alarm at the children's playground: A beekeeper from the Tölz fire brigade had to catch a swarm of bees that had settled under a seating area. © Volunteer Fire Brigade Bad Tölz
The Tölz fire brigade did not have an everyday operation on Thursday. They had to catch a swarm of bees that had taken up residence near a children's playground.
Bad Tölz – Unusual operation for the Bad Tölz Volunteer Fire Brigade. Instead of a fire or accident, the volunteers were alerted last Thursday because of a swarm of bees. He had settled under a wooden bench on the Isar - in the immediate vicinity of the playground at the motorhome site.
Tölz fire brigade catches swarm of bees near children's playground
"Parents who were there with their children alerted us," reports Commander Thomas Fuchsgruber. A beekeeper, who is also a member of the fire brigade, then expertly removed the swarm of bees.
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Fire brigade cordoned off affected area
The expert first used a broom and dustpan to transport as many bees as possible into a beehive. It is important that the queen is also caught, says Fuchsgruber. "Then the rest of the bees fly into the box on their own." Subsequently, the area around the seating area was cordoned off and the box was left there until the evening hours. With success: In the end, the whole swarm could be lured into the box. The beekeeper now takes care of the bees, says Fuchsgruber.
Alerting due to swarm of bees is not an isolated case
For the Tölz fire brigade, such operations are not an isolated case – even if they do not actually fall within their area of responsibility, as the commander emphasizes. "But it happens from time to time that we are called because of a swarm of bees," says Fuchsgruber. However, since there happen to be two beekeepers in the team, they are also well positioned for these cases. By Franziska Selter
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