Traditional composite fiberglass fire helmet with a perfect balance of durability and performance.
Low profile and superior balance in a classic design. Cairns fire helmets have some of the lowest ride-heights in the market. Compare the crown clearance of the popular Cairns 1010 model, with its advanced thermal impact cap, to other traditional helmets. The distance from the inside of the Cairns 1010 shell to the suspension straps is less than 2-1/2 inches. Most competitive helmets, even those without an impact cap, are actually taller at more than 2-3/4 inches high.
The difference in balance and wear-ability are readily apparent, especially when worn for long periods under the stressful conditions they’re designed for. You can count on these classic, traditional helmets to look good, stay comfortable, and perform dependably—providing the protection you need—for many years of hard use.
MSA's exclusive Defender Visor— Never lose or misplace your eye protection again. There’s no other NFPA compliant helmet eyewear as compact or as convenient. The MSA Defender Visor actually retracts into the helmet’s shell where it stays clean and instantly ready to deploy. Cairns’ unique design allows the visor to be raised and lowered in an instant, even with gloved hands. And don't be concerned about it slipping; the Defender stays securely stowed until YOU pull it down.
It’s optically correct lens eliminates peripheral distortion. Its sleek, close-fitting profile leaves nothing sticking out or hanging off the helmet to get caught on something in zero-visibility conditions or throw the helmet off balance. And maintenance is simple. The visor can be quickly disconnected from the helmet without tools, allowing fast lens changes, even during field use. Prepare for maximum efficiency.
A sleek, low-profile, NFPA-compliant goggle designed to fit comfortably over most prescription glasses. The high-temperature frame allows fast lens replacement. Patented Speed Clips make strap adjustments easy, even with gloves on. The snap-on/snap-off mounting system consists of simple low-profile posts on the sides of the helmet. Goggles can be used alone or with a faceshield. They can be stored on the front or back of the helmet, or quickly removed, as desired.
Eye Protection Combinations (Goggles with the Bourke eyeshield): NFPA-1971-2018 Compliant
Bourke Eye Shield. Traditional styling with these clear bourke eyeshields. Bourke eyeshields exceed US-OSHA (CFR 1910) NBSIR-1977.
A Helmet with bourkes does not meet NFPA standards for structural fire fighting.
4” Tuffshield® Visor. Although it costs you no more than the clear and smoke visor options, we at TheFireStore.com believe the Tuffshield visor offers distinct advantages. We supply it as the standard equipment visor on all Cairns Traditional and Deluxe Configuration helmets for some very good reasons: Tuffshield is significantly more heat resistant. The Tuffshield Defender visor is heat-resistant up to 500° F. Other visor materials will start to melt at about 345° Tuffshield is a heavier grade material with more impact resistance. As the name implies, it’s just tougher.
The slight yellowish tint helps you see better, day or night. Like a pair of amber shooting glasses, they filter out harsh wavelengths and glare, improving contrast and revealing more detail under all lighting conditions—including looking at flames. 4” amber Tuffshield visor is compliant with NFPA 1971, 2007 edition. All visors meet ANSI Z87.1+ impact requirements.
Standard Configuration Includes:
- Flannel Cushion Liner
- Nomex Earlaps
- Silk Screened Maltese Cross Front Holder
- Leather Cushion Liner
- PBI/Kevlar Earlaps
- 3-D Carved Brass Eagle 6" Front Holder
- 6" Leather Fronts are sold separately
- Screws to mount Leather Front M12 & M16 Shield Brackets are not included
- Screws are available separately
Ratings & Reviews
Great Helmet! Have had it for years! No complaints!
Great but the goggles are not good.
Our department issues the Black 1010 for all firefighters and the orange 1010 for all juniors. Had this helmet for quite some time, no complaints, no issues, absolutely one of the best helmets on the market (can't wait to switch to black though...).