A record so far this year for the number of extremely costly rescues on Grouse Mountain and other areas. Why are these people not charged for these costs?
I would imagine the helicopter alone is around $1,500/hour. With over 100 calls, heli time alone would be in the $200,000 range so far this year. The equipment is expensive and thefts have occurred.
As a taxpayer, I am sick and tired of paying for someone else’s stupidity. Start charging the entire cost of rescue or charge a significant entry fee. Let’s start at $25/person.
My thanks to the pilots for their amazing skills. This type of flying is the most demanding and stressful in the helicopter industry. Whatever they are paid isn’t enough.