Cairns Fire Helmets

Fire doesn’t care what your helmet looks like

From established firehouse favorites to next generation styles.

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Crafted, shaped, stitched and trimmed by hand.


  • Crafted by hand to achieve the high quality generations of firefighters have trusted since 1836
  • Leather shell uses only 100% top-grain steer hide permeated with a natural resin system
  • Impact cap provides thermal and impact protection when you need it most

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New game-changing jet-style. Integrated technology.


  • Brimless design reduces snag hazards
  • Easy-to-find adjustments so fit can be personalized to the individual
  • Modular design allows quick disassembly for thorough inspection, care and maintenance

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The right combination of durability and performance.


  • Offers comprehensive impact and thermal head protection system
  • Unique Shell Release System (SRS) helps to ensure impact cap stays on your head if helmet shell is dislodged
  • Defender visor stows neatly and securely inside the helmet

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Lower profile design. Compact size to support EMS.


  • Sleek, low-profile designs suit a variety of firefighting and rescue applications
  • Provides superior thermal and impact protection when you need it most
  • Through-color shells maintain color

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Technical Rescue

Multi-purpose for Technical Rescue with modular, “click-in” accessories.


  • Modular platform with a range of easily attachable accessories: responder goggles, face protection, and hearing protection with integrated communication system
  • Compact design, lightweight materials, ride height adjustments, and integrated modular accessories all contribute to optimized weight distribution
  • Customizable options including custom logos, decals, and reflective trim

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Made to Fit Your Needs

Removable and Washable Soft Goods

Now, every MSA Cairns Fire Helmet offers only removable, washable soft goods, making it easier for firefighters to comply with cancer prevention directives, like those recommended by the Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN).

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New Removable Chinstraps

Starting January 1, 2020, MSA Cairns will offer removable, replaceable, and washable chinstraps on ALL MSA Cairns Fire Helmets. The new removeable chinstraps maintain alignment with cancer prevention directives recommended by the Firefghter Cancer Support Network (FCSN).

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Eye Protection Options

NFPA-compliant products for face and eye protection, such as the NFPA Compliant Bourkes, Defender® Visor, and Cairns Firefighter Goggles, continue to safeguard first responders.

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New West Coast Style Helmet Accessories

New accessories include a larger West Coast front style and side accountability brackets for quick identification, as well as an extended postman chinstrap for easier SCBA donning without having to take the helmet off completely. These accessories are available for Cairns 1044 and Cairns 1010 Fire Helmets. Contact your local MSA rep for more information or to order!

More Options for Cairns Leather Helmets

The Bronx Bend
The Boston Bend

The Bronx Bend and Boston Bend are available on both the MSA Cairns N5A New Yorker Leather Fire Helmet (OSHA compliant) and the N6A Houston Leather Fire Helmet (NFPA 1971 compliant). #realleatherhelmets

MSA Cairns Stock-Order-Ship (SOS) Program

MSA offers the most popular Cairns products on our Stock-Order-Ship (SOS) Program. Same day shipping applies to SOS-designated products if the order is entered by 2:30 pm (EST) and are shipped from MSA's warehouse in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Look for the SOS symbol for designated products, both online and in the MSA Fire Service product catalogs.

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10-Year Warranty

When you purchase an MSA Cairns Fire Helmet, not only do you receive a durable product, but also a 10-year lifetime warranty that the product will be free from defects in materials and/or faulty workmanship.1

Source: 1 10-year warranty applies only to MSA Cairns helmets manufactured on or after January 1, 2015. For details on MSA Cairns Fire Helmet 10-Year Warranty, please see

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More MSA Cairns Information

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MSA Cairns® XF1

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Cairns Throughout the Years

  • 1836
    • Cairns Helmets Established
  • 1845-1962
    • First Hollow Brass High Eagle that folded up under impact
    • Introduced Aluminum 350 Senator Helmet
    • Vacuum-formed polycarbonate shell introduced
  • 1965-1983
    • Bourke Eyeshields introduced, receive wide acceptance as eye protection
    • Introduced 770 Philadelphian
    • Introduced 660C Metro
    • Developed first Polyaralyte facefield
  • 1990-1993
    • Introduced Classic 1000
    • Introduced Cairns 1010
    • Introduced N6A Houston, the first NFPA approved leather helmet
  • 2000-2008
    • MSA acquires Cairns Helmets
    • Cairns 1044 and 664 unpainted composite helmets introduced
    • Defender Visor integrated eye protection introduced
    • HP3 modern style helmets introduced
  • 2015-2022
    • Impact cap introduced
    • New Boston and Bronx Bends offered on N6A and N5A Helmets
    • Cairns XF1 Jet-Style Helmet introduced
    • Removeable and washable soft goods and chinstraps now offered
    • Cairns XR2 Technical Rescue Helmet introduced