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).

Learn more about MSA's overall commitment to firefighter health and safety.

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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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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 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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Cairns Community

Learn how Cairns Helmets have developed over the years and read stories from other Cairns users.

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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

Shell Release System and More Great Reasons to Choose MSA Cairns® Helmets

We’ve been proudly manufacturing fire helmets since 1836. And to this day when it comes to head protection, more first responders trust MSA Cairns brand fire helmets than any other.

Discover a Few Reasons Why

5 Eye Protection Options To Shield from Fireground Debris

We all know firegrounds are dangerous places — often creating a risk to firefighters’ eyes and faces. Eye protection is a component of NFPA-compliant helmets — either a goggle or face shield should be attached to structural helmets. Here are several different options to consider.

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Why MSA Cairns® Is The Right Choice For You

Your fire helmet should be manufactured with a safety-first approach and engineered to provide the highest level of protection. When choosing a Fire or Rescue helmet, it’s important to understand and take into account all of the key features that a helmet should provide.

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MSA Cairns® XF1

Find out more about the XF1, the latest in innovative helmet technology.

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