Aerial Rescue



Ivan Kristoff initiated the most comprehensive aerial and high rise rope-work services in Canada. In 1993, he found EIGER Rope Access Work Inc. Five years later, the Toronto newspapers, Canadian TV news and magazines, named him the Canadian Spiderman. Ten years later, he became the first person to step on the unreachable places of the tallest tower in the world. His reputation is built over the years by completing some of the most challenging rope access projects in high-rise environment. One of them is the first exterior repair at 1725′ during winter extreme conditions and winds above 60km/h.

Ivan Kristoff solves problems in vertical and aerial environment on super high-rise buildings and initiates innovative concepts like Mid Air Rope Access and Rescue (M.A.R.S.) and Air to Air rescue (A.I.R.).  One of his companies, Eiger Rope Access Work Inc., Canada, was responsible for the very first rope access on the exterior top of the tallest tower in the world in 2003. He also created the Highrise Emergency Aerial Response Team (H.E.A.R.T.).

Mr. Kristoff has professional experience in climbing, caving, high angle and rope access industry, heli rope access from single and twin engine helicopters. His Marketing, PR and Communication entity will present in artistic way the Ultimate Rescue concepts during Dubai Helishow.

Ne is the creator of the Optimal Performance training program that will completely change the way vertical rope access technicians and volunteer rope rescuers train.

Ivan Kristoff is a global provider of advanced extreme rope access consulting. He commits to working with organizers and partners of his events to maximize their value of investment and assumes responsibility for: · Providing the media and event organizers with digital pictures of the event. · Facilitation in the production of news releases and media kits related to his projects. · Promotion of the event through the Web. Photography during the event seminars, press-conferences, etc.

Post event evaluation and media exposure monitoring · Case studies of utilizing technology and mobile computing in the extreme · Scientific contribution to the vertical world and world of rescue Ivan supports his partners with innovative initiatives that contribute to emergency services society and public safety.

During Dubai Helishow 2010, Ivan presented the history and contribution of the Canadian Highrise Emergency And Aerial Response Team (H.E.AR.T.) to the rope access industry and rescue community.  At the Largest Middle East Air Medical and Rescue Show,  he held his workshop,  which presented the study of the (H.E.A.R.T.), which played a key role in the development of safer standards for vertical access with the government regulations for Health and Safety in Ontario.

Also, at this year’s largest Middle East Military and Homeland Security Exhibition, Ivan Kristoff made a special presentation and  showcase how his company EIGER has helped drive the industry in creating a specialized urban high angle rescue unit.

Worldwide initiatives
“At Dubai Helishow 2016,  we’ll be showcasing how we are looking to take our industry forward. Our workshops will be streamed online through a live video conference, which will give emergency services personnel a realistic view of prompt rescue on difficult to access, high elevation locations.”

See our next presentation: Mid Air Rope access reSponse (M.A.R.S.) 

Duration: 60 minutes.
Presentation Description: This presentation aims to explain what is extreme rope access on super high-rise buildings, above 200 meters, what is the difference between conventional and industrial rope access,  how the technicians must be prepared for extreme and harsh working conditions. It will cover the experience of the very first suspended access at heights above 500 meters and possible worst case scenarios, their prevention and the fundamentals of specialized equipment.It will be presented in a fully narrated PowerPoint format with imbedded video, visuals and conceptual photography.

Goals and Objectives/Target Audience: The goal is to provide information and industry know-how for pilots, emergency response personnel and training management wishing to enter the vertical and aerial rope access at extreme heights, helicopter operator management and training staff.

Specialized training program and measurement equipment for such operations will be covered.

This presentation delivers a solid look at the most challenging rope access projects in high-rise environment and helicopter operations. One of them is the first exterior repair at 1725′ during extreme winter conditions and winds above 60km/h.

By attending this presentation you will become aware of rope access scenarios that happen at the height of over 500 meters off the ground. How many times you have to multiply the expected time to complete a regular job up there in the air and learn how violent can be the winds at that height, etc. You will learn the lessons from three fatal incidents in which seven helicopter flying crew members have died. One of them is when two Commandos have lost their lives by exiting out of the helicopter while flying more than 80km/h.

In the presentation, people will learn how incidents have occurred due to improper behavior, big ego and overconfidence, how to foresee potential danger and recognize the wrong attitude for people, who without any training for heli rappelling operations, would get involved in technical demonstrations and endanger the lives of the fling crew and emergency personnel on high-rise operations.

New Technology Applications For Remote Access:
During crisis situations, emergency response, insurance claims and legal disputes, the collection and presentation of permanent visual records will reflect on the aftermath of these events. This session will provide an overview of advanced applications of remote access visual recordings. Busy property, project managers and consulting engineers will appreciate the time saving, cost efficient solutions and impressive presentations. Topics covered will include: mobile computing; digital photography and solutions; and field image systems. You will learn:

  • innovative ways for collecting and storing still images and field video recordings;
  •  how to transfer in any multi media format this data, and save time and memory space;
  • Nikon’s latest achievement in digital photography and field image systems.

Presentation on aerial video and photo monitoring
On April 20, 2011, at the Central House of the Army, Ivan Kristoff  showcased his use of 3G and 4G technology during helicopter operations and air communications.

During the Sixth International Scientific Conference, held by the Bulgarian Academy of Science, the author showcased how a volunteer organization is working on a pilot project for aerial video monitoring from a flying helicopter. This project was conducted for the City of Sofia Municipality in order to demonstrate how it is possible in the near future to have an aerial emergency response provided by a flying aircraft or remotely operated flying devices, which will assist the capital of Bulgaria in crisis situation management.

Just a month later explosions rocked a Bulgarian army ammunition storage facility outside of the capital of Sofia. If the Bulgarian emergency services, which could not provide efficient information on this incident, used this technology on-site, they could receive a video signal and pictures from the air in real time and distribute it on-line via the Internet. Such a technological and innovative approach could reduce by half the fatally of the helicopter air crash during aerial fire fighting in 2004, which occurred in Bulgaria.
Ivan Kristoff, has initiated and committed to the development of this project. The wireless video monitoring from the air, will provide on line contact between the emergency services and rescue teams. The helicopter will be equipped with remote camera control photo and video equipment. The visual materials can be used to train rescue teams in an innovative training program, called trailblazing.

Annotation: The presentations will showcase a few critical situations in the air with Military and Police tactical aviation units. During experimenting new procedures and exceeding the aircraft specifications for long line rappelling during heli operations, the flying crews tested the efficiency of aerial wireless video communications. It helped them improve a specialized training program for helicopter rescue technicians. The lessons from these tactical and rescue training sessions, were applied in real life situations in other fields of  vertical operations. Few of them were tested on the tallest structure in the world in year 2003.

Through the use of new applications and technology during heli operations, a new methodology for aerial rescue training is in the process of development.

Video Conference Round Table

Helicopter and Emergency Aerial Response Techniques (H.E.A.R.T.)  Course is brought to you by the leading providers of information on innovative methods for rope rescue around the globe. The curriculum focuses on acquiring in-depth understanding of risk analyses and insight into the operational procedures used in aerial and vertical rope access operations.

When:  7th – 9th November, 2016
Where: Dubai Helishow 2014, at the Grand Stand, Meydan Hotel, Meydan Racecourse, Dubai, UAE

The HEART Course is developed as tool for capacity building on three levels:

Corporate Level:
Property managers, developers, high-rise construction safety managers and staff members of public and private bodies involved in building maintenance, emergency air response.

Executive Level:
Executives (private) and policy makers (public) of safety and emergency services

Academic Level
Trainers, academic researchers

Class sizes are limited to 20 participants.

HEART Course learning objectives
The objective of the course is to provide participants with a thorough understanding of the creation of Helicopter and Emergency Aerial Response Teams.

Competence building
During the HEART Training Program relevant skills and techniques for analyses of the challenges to aerial/vertical rescue on high-rise buildings are covered. The course provides participants with the knowledge required for using the most relevant tools in in-depth rope access risk assessments:

· Work at Extreme Heights

· Emergency Response in Crisis Situations

· Stress Management in Harsh Environment at high Elevation

· Specialized Training for Aerial and Vertical Operations

Participants are provided with a step-by-step approach to prepare the most suitable Public Private Partnership structure, a Business Case, Concession Contract and a Financing Scheme for creating high-rise special operation teams.