CAIRNS Head Protection

Fire doesn’t care what your helmet looks like

Your fire helmet should be manufactured with a safety-first approach and engineered to provide the highest level of protection. 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. 

Shell Release System (SRS)

The MSA Cairns Shell Release System (SRS), offered in our most popular fire helmets, protects from impact and heat—even when your helmet is dislodged from your head. With the SRS, if your helmet comes off due to extenuating circumstances—such as a fall through a door or roof, the impact cap is designed to separate from the helmet shell, but remain on your head.

Retractable MSA Cairns Defender® Visor

North America’s first (and still the best) NFPA 1971 and ANSI/ISEA Z87.1 impact-rated, integral visor. The Defender Visor was designed with firefighters in mind: stowing away when not in use, deployed with gloved hands, and easily replaced. Replacement of the lens does not require special tools or disassembly of the helmet. All of these benefits make the Defender Visor the best-selling firefighting eye protection in the market.

Best In Class

In a recent survey of firefighters across the nation, the majority listed MSA Cairns brand as “best in class.”When you consider
the combined effectiveness of our SRS, crumple-zone front holder, impact cap, and suspension—our fire helmets offer the most complete package on the market.

Soft Good Kits and Replaceable Chin Straps

In 2018, MSA Cairns led the industry by offering removable and replaceable soft goods for all structural firefighting helmets, including soft good kits for easy cleaning. Toolless removable chin straps are now standard on all MSA Cairns Fire Helmets to maintain alignment with cancer prevention directives recommended by the Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN).

MSA Cairns 10-Year Lifetime Warranty

MSA Cairns has an established record of being the most durable Fire Helmet on the market. We back up that claim with a 10-year lifetime warranty that the product will be be free from defects in materials and/or faulty workmanship. When you factor in the quality, ease of maintenance, and unique safety features found ONLY in MSA Cairns Helmets, it’s easy to see why firefighters are fiercely loyal to the MSA Cairns brand.

Same Day Shipping on Our Most Popular Items

When you can’t afford to wait another day, MSA offers our most popular Cairns products in our Stock-Order-Ship (SOS) program. For these products, if your order is entered by 2:30 PM (EST), the product ships the same day from our warehouse in Pittsburgh, PA. Look for the SOS symbol beside products in the program. Remember, too, you can always order customized Cairns Fire Helmets through Assemble-to-Order (ATO). 


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