surgent wrote:Regarding the tax-payer comment: rescues are part of the mandate of every county sheriff (or equivalent agency). The tax=payer gets stuck with the bill far more often for the usual day-to-day crime than with the occasional rescue, and furthermore, most rescue teams are composed of volunteers who buy their own gear, and who get paid nothing by the sheriff. County SAR teams are one of the best values for the dollar you'll find anywhere.
I know this thread is now devoted to pigfighting and trolling, but . . .
As it has been explained to me regarding helicopter rescues in Los Angeles or San Bernardino counties, they actually cost the taxpayer nothing. The choppers and their crews need to fly a certain number of hours per month to maintain their certification; so if they aren't out there rescuing people, they will be out there anyway practicing rescuing people. That's what I'm told, anyway.
But the biggest problem with helicopter rescues, regardless of who is paying for it, is choppers are crazy dangerous and unsafe. Never set foot in one unless you have to.