A Bell 407 costs about $3000 per flight hour to operate, or 120 lifeguards paid $25 / hour.
“This is the Baltimore City Police Dept. helicopter unit. Please exit the swimming pool. There is no lifeguard on duty. For your safety, exit the swimming pool.”

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estimated costings from this research paper on unmanned electrical line inspections.
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Replying to @ImUrHuckleJordy
What if they opposite-of-funded the helicopter hmmm….
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dont say it scott…
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But where are we going to find 120 lifeguards and how will we fit them inside?
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agree, problem seems too hard
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Replying to @ImUrHuckleJordy
Yeah, but half a minute of helicopter time once an hour is enough.
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Fueling up a helo, getting a crew kitted and ready, lifting off and flying over and then going back takes much longer than half a minute.
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*usually* these are mandatory training hours where the craft/pilot have to be in the air anyway in order to maintain the 4-week currency requirements and any other requirements that might be required by the state.
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would those mandatory hours be waived for PD, or still required?
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Replying to @ImUrHuckleJordy
It's not about the budget or saving money, it's about control and making sure people know who's in control.
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We know that. We are allowed to dunk on them for it.
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