LAS VEGAS -- The warmer weather has drawn more locals and tourists to hiking spots around the valley, but more and more people are also getting injured and stranded during their hikes.
"It's definitely life and death every time we come out here,” said Sgt. Nate Anderson, Las Vegas Search And Rescue.
So far this year, Metro's Search and Rescue team has been deployed 59 times at about $460 an hour; that's how much the agency says it cost to launch the chopper each time.
Metro said the rescue helicopters were built in the 70's, so each helicopter is around 40 years old.
"Obviously, it's been kept up, and it looks really good, but we're talking about a 40-year-old aircraft,” said Sgt. Anderson.
The agency said it needs a new helicopter. Clark County has previously always picked up the tab for rescue helicopters, despite the fact that most rescues happen on federal land.