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Charles S. souix falls, SD

Charles S. souix falls, SD WVFD

Cairns Helmets from 1970's and 1940 aluminum, My story Cairns 1010 black fire helmet saved my skull from burns and falling debris, numerous times to many to reacll all of them. Thanks MSA

Jim K. Throop, PA

Jim K. Throop, PA Wm. Walker Hose Co.

I have a been wearing Cairns helmets all my career. I have to say that Cairns/MSA produces the best helmets in the fire service. I currently will only wear a Cairns Leather helmet, unless I am teaching a burn class then it either my 360 or 660. The picture shows just a sampling of the Cairns helmets that I currently wear and will continue to wear as long as I can. Thanks for making such a great and safe product.

Andrew S. Hodgenville, KY

My carins 1044 is awesome. Ive only been a firefighter for 3 years now but it has already helped me. We were going into a structure fire when all the ceiling tiles decided to fall and smack us upside the helmet. The helmet took the hits very well. Thank you for your amazing quality Stuff!

Anthony S. Apartment 101, MN

While operating at a training burn I was asked to move tools and other items out of the path of a garage door that was to be closed. While bending over to pick up the items, another firefighter pulled the door release cord before I was clear. This caused the double wide garage door to free fall down the track towards me. The door first impacted my head. If it were not for my helmet I would have sustained injury directly to my skull. My helmet sustained cracks and required some replacement of parts. I am glad my helmet served its purpose in protecting my head.

Kyle B. paxton, MA

Kyle B. paxton, MA Town of Vernon Fire Dept

As a member of the fire service community for almost 10 years, I have realized how imperative it is for every firefighter to feel completely confident with the PPE they are wearing. Every firefighter is faced with a new type of fire now including new forms of building construction and insulation, making for hotter fires with a greater chance of collapse increasing risk of injury tenfold. What I have learned is that through the years Cairns has been a leading name in firefighter safety. The photo I submitted was a photo of me while I was a firefighter intern for a small town in New Hampshire. Just as the photo was taken fire rolled over the ceiling from fire room of origin. I found this picture to relate because it proves that you can never predict what a firefighter will be faced with. Cairns has protected me on numerous occasions. The one that strikes me the most was while working at a residential house fire. I was on the first fire attack crew to enter the building. After being in the building for no more than five minutes a large bookshelf/cabinet type of furniture fell directly on the heads on me and my crew. Causing the nozzle man to loose control of the hose. I am positive that without Cairns, that situation would have caused me to lose consciousness. This fall only bent the bronze eagle on my helmet and some scrapes. My crew eventually regained control of the hose and knocked the fire down without injury.

Pedro V. Elk grove, CA

Pedro V. Elk grove, CA East contra costa fire

While doing a 360 walk around at fully involved structure fire, i was so focused on the job at hand that i did not notice a low tree branch, all i felt was a hit and got trown back my cairns helmet protected me from hitting the tree branch and i was able to get up and continue with the task at hand, to put the fire out and protect the adjacent structures.

Steve C. Marietta, GA

Steve C. Marietta, GA Palmetto Ga. Fire / Rescue

I was hooked on the quality of Cairns leather fairly early in my career. The first time I wore one was all it took for me to want one. The comfort, design traits and tradition, merged with the impact cap technology of today. The sum of all parts accomplished brilliantly into a piece of functional beauty,that will take the beating of daily shift work and allow it to simply roll off the brim. I have been wearing ONLY Cairns N6A leather since 1990, to date I have managed to get four of them in my possession, all of them are special in their own right and all of them are well worn and used. I am not one to send testimonials on products but found this site and was compelled to respond and state my praise for your incredible product. Sincerely and Respectfully Steve W. Cook Palmetto Ga. Fire / Rescue B-Shift

Richard B. Saint Charles, MI

During a training session, a master stream appliance failed. The failure of the deck gun caused large pieces of shrapnel to fly in many different directions. The person on the appliance was wearing a Cairns 660C. Multiple pieces struck the firefighter in the head. His helmet protected him from serious facial and other head injuries. Without it or a quality product may not have had the same result. Our Department has used Cairns helmets since the mid 70's and we continue to use them today. Thank you.

sean f. parsippany, NJ

sean f. parsippany, NJ rockville volunteer fire department

During a training exercise with the Rockville Volunteer Fire and Rescue I was demonstrating how to use a K12 to cut through security bars on a commercial building. After cutting through the right two bars, the top of the bars felll and hit me in the head. With out wearing my helmet I would have had the security bar hit me in the head and who knows what kind of mark that would have left. I know it would not have been pretty. Thanks to my new yorker I did not have to go to the hosppital.

Richelle A. Union, MS

During salvage and over haul of a structure fire a board fell from the ceiling. It hit me in the back of the head striking my he lmet and shoulder. I was not injured. My husband of 23 years had recently passed away leaving me with an 11 year old daughter to raise. The helmet did what it is designed to do. I went home to my child healthy and fine.

brian a. walnut cove, NC

I was on a 3000 acre forest fire in Virginia and my Chief was cutting stag on the fire break.We had several spotters around tree that was being cut, but we never thought it could happen to one of our own.Once the stag was cut the top portion broke at a fork in tree and large section came down and hit the Chief across the top bridge & eagle of the helmet. There was no damage to the shell of the helmet, but the eagle was destroyed. The Chief was ok and not hurt,but was shaken up good. Thanks to the Cairns 1044 quality shell for safety.The fire was named " Bull Mountain Fire".

erik c. detroit, MI

hit in the head with a cement block and helment crack but my head stayed find.



Tyler L. Shelbyville, IN

My Cairns Leather helmet protected my melon when a portion of a ceiling collapsed while doing overhaul at an abandoned house. The fire was suspected to be arson.

chance h. st augustine, FL

During an interior attack on a mobile home fire, an object exploded and struck me in the head and knocked me to the floor. It was protected by my Cairns Sam Houston Helmet. My nozzleman moved toward the fire inside and I quickly recovered and got back to my knees and backed him up. The Christmas tree and contents of the living room were burning and needed to be knocked out to save the home. Steven never heard or saw what had occurred. The smoke was so thick, you couldn't see you hand in front of your mask. We extinguished the fire and went into overhaul mode. As the smoke cleared I could see the object that struck me had been sitting on top of the stove. An unopened can of whole kernal corn had heated up and the can bleved. Corn kernals were every where! And the jagged remains of the can lay on the floor next to where I had entered the front door. Never would I ever considered a can of corn dangerous! Thank goodness for great Personal Protective Equipment! Leather Forever!!!

Gabriel D. Georgetown, TX

Back in 2008 I was in the Fire Academy. We were in live burn weeks and doing nothing but live burn car fire dumpster fire house fire and a hotel fire. When we were in one of the house fire skills a piece of the roof feel off and hit me in the head at the time i didnt know that it cracked my helmet I had a Cairns 1010 that I had got from my father for my birthday. when we got out of the fire I looked at my helmet and could not see or feel the crack. The next thing we did was the Flash over chamber. I went in with the helmet. I could feel the heat on my head. It wasnt alot. when we got out I saw that the top of my helmet was melted and the inside was burned. It never burned thro I was really lucky ever since then I have had cairns helmets untill now my department has morning pride and I just dont have the money to buy a cairns yet

Tyler S. Lexington, KY

I was on a working fire last summer during the overhaul stage of a single story shotgun style home with several additions over the years. While operating a member of the crew i was operating pulled a ceiling joist down while pulling ceilings and the joist came straight down on top of my N6A and other than seeing a few stars and stumbling a bit from the confusion associated with the sudden hit i was able to continue operating at the scene. My Leather helmet took the hit and shows no signs of damage. I own three Cairns Helmets a 1044 w/defender that i purchased to where at my volunteer house which has since been turned into a training helmet i wear to Live fire classes. This helmet has exceeded all expectations and more. I was issued a 1010 by my employer and loved it up until i purchased my N6A. Thank you for making such a great product.

Marty M. Dallas, TX

In 2006 our engine was dispatched on a second alarm for a working grain silo fire. Upon arrival there was heavy black smoke pouring from the third story windows. Command immediately assigned our engine to rapid intervention for crews trapped on the third floor. I ordered my crew to throw a 35ft ladder to the third floor to start providing escape routes for the fire fighters working on that floor. Just as we had the ladder raised, but not locked in, a master stream was introduced from the other side of the building trying to cover the escape of the fire fighters. The tactic projected large chunks of metal from the fire floor out our window. We were quickly being rained on by metal weighing up to 25lbs, of various shapes and jagged edges. The largest piece struck the halyard man directly in his Cairns 1010 helmet. He was visibly shocked and lost control of the halyard. Meanwhile, all four of us were still taking direct hits from metal ourselves. The incident did result in a serious thumb injury to one crew member. With that said, it is my belief that without quality helmets, my halyard man would have sustained brain injuries. He was able to complete his shift, after we issued him a new helmet, as the incident did crack his helmet. More than that though, we all were able to complete the ladder raise, evacuate our injured fire fighters from the scene. I have refused to wear anything but a Cairns ever since. Marty Mayes, Captain Retired

John M. Traverse City, MI

I got my Cairns 660 brand new when i joined as an explorer in 2007. it has been with me through out my career and protected my head more times than i can count, probably the most recent was a section of 5" coming off the truck and the coupling smacking me in the head but my helmet was there to protect me. it takes the abuse so i can keep doing my job.

Jarrid D. Lancaster, OH

I have to be honest, I have never had a scare or a scenario where the Cairns helmet has saved my life. However, I can tell you how safe I feel wearing the helmet. They feel very strong and are very easy to wear. I can vouch for the strength of the helmet. We have demonstrated there strength by beating them with a baseball bat. It held up very very good. I have even had the choice to choose which helmet I would like to wear. Cairns is a 10.

Tony R. Lansdowne, PA

I've been wearing a Cairns N5A New Yorker for over a decade now, and every one I've worn has proven its worth. We were backing out of the attic of a Queen Anne single-family dwelling and were on our way down the steps when part of the roof let go above us. Pieces of roof came down and landed on us, but thanks to the helmets we were wearing we sustained nothing but slightly bent helmet front holders.

Jason D. Kent City, MI

My Cairns 1010 has kept me safe in every situation I have ever been in. I have had drywall and hot ember fall on my helmet with no injury to myself. Thankfully, I have never had to put my helmet to any extreme tests. I have endured countless extrication and extrication practices with injury to myself or my colleges - as we all wear the Cairns 1010. Thank you for making such a great product while still making it affordable for departments to purchase for their members.

Matt B. Flora, IN

A few years ago I was on scene of an incident involving a large commercial fire with several departments responding. I was on the first due engine and already to go once on scene with my Cairns Helmet on. I was working on stretching a hose line as another member on the Engine started lowering the ladder rack. He did not see me, but I was under it at the time he lowered it and dropped it on my head causing me to fall to the ground. Luckily the helmet protected my head and I just got a slight headache from it. If it was not for the helmet I had on, I could have had much more severe injuries.

Bryan A. Commerce, GA

Bryan A. Commerce, GA Commerce Fire Dept

Making an interior attack on a two story 2000 sq. foot structure with heavy fire on A/D side. Our crew pulled two lines to the A side pushing the fire back on both floors and we had a very quick knockdown. Coming out of the residence, a piece of a beam fell on my head. I was very glad I had my Cairns Classic 1000 on to protect my head!

James M. Roselle Park, NJ

About 10 years ago, my fire department responded to a reported fire in a 2 story occupied garden apartment complex. Upon arrival, smoke was visible from several windows on division 2. My engine crew of 4 secured a water supply and stretched a 1/34" preconnect to the apartment door and forced entry and did a primary search of the fire apartment which was negative. The crew then began to knock down the fire which was discovered in the kitchen. I was the lead fireman on the nozzle. As I was applying water on the fire, I heard what I thought sounded like rocks hitting my helmet and face shield. About 10 minutes into the job, the fire was knocked down and my crew retreated to the exterior where I discovered my entire helmet and face shield was covered in molten jelly/jam. The jelly/jam jar apparently exploded when the cold water from the nozzle hit it. The jar pieces were later found on the kitchen counter in the area of fire origin. I escaped with nothing more than some redness just below the helmet brim. There is no question in my mind that if I had not been wearing my Cairns 1010 helmet I would have suffered severe burns injuries to my head and face. Also, this same helmet has served me faithfully for many years after this event. Thank you for permitting me to tell my story. Your superior firemen products are outstanding! Sincerely, James D. McCrady.

Ben R. Ardmore, OK

Never would I have thought my Cairns 660C Metro would come in handy at a grass fire. My 660C was just in reach when the call for trees to be cut down was made. In the process of cutting our "road" to the fire, a very large tree decided to make its home on top of my head which managed to break my shield and clips off and knock me out. I am glad my Cairns helmet did its job in preventing further damage. Thanks for making great products. - Ben Rieck

Mike M. Little Falls, NJ

I'm a huge fan of Cairns Fire Helmets. They continue to keep us all safe in the firefighting community. My department not only just wears them for the looks, but we wear them with confidence that we know we can be safe by wearing them. Thinking back to about a year ago when myself and my captain went into a structure fire, while in the building the ceiling above us collapsed (luckily just a small portion) falling on us both, because of the Cairns 880 Traditional we walked out without a scratch, happy that we were both wearing Cairns!! THANK YOU!!!

Kyle W. Baltimore, MD

Kyle W. Baltimore, MD Prince Georges County Fire/EMS Department

My department responded to a working structure fire. The structure involved was a garden style apartment, 3 stories and two breezeways. The fire started in a storage closet on the first floor and had worked up the side of the wood siding and involved the attic. Upon arrival of our first due companies (less than 3 minutes), the fire had already self-ventilated through the roof. I was on my first day of off duty and per our SOP's responded to the scene POV. When I reported to staging, I was assigned to a four man crew to advance a handline to the third floor of the structure. We pulled our line through the breezeway to the stairway (interior) of the C side of the structure. As we were advancing the line up the stairs, a portion of the ceiling fell on our crew. My Cairns N5A leather New Yorker helmet took the hit for me. The right portion of my shield front bracket was broken (I had to use some tape to hold it in place after the fire). My Pass alarm was torn from my SCBA and could not be recovered from the amount of debris. Thanks to my Cairns N5A I was able to continue with my assignment and we were able to save two children from the structure fire. As for a N5A leather helmet to perform its duties, I'm Cairns for life baby!

James B. Assonet, MA

I am a huge fan of Cairns helmets and trust their superior quality. They are not only very comfortable but they are also light weight. In regards to the safety of these helmets, I can recall several incidents where my helmet protected me. However, 1 specific occasion comes to mind. In 1999 I was fighting a set fire in a restaurant and the drywall ceiling came down on myself and my partner. Lucky, I was wearing my Cairns 1010 and walked away without a scratch. THANK YOU CAIRNS!!!

Joshua B. Fort Mitchell, AL

While on a structure fire last year I had a roof cave in and land on my head. I was wearing the Cairns 1044. I was fortunate to walk away with no injuries. If it were not for my helmet doing it's job the outcome might not not have been so well.

Ronnie G. Liverpool, NY

Ronnie G. Liverpool, NY Liverpool Fire Dept. Inc.

Cairns amazing helmets, poor wheel chock



Philip H. Lyman, SC

My department responded to a working structure fire. The structure involved was a garden style apartment, 3 stories and two breezeways. The fire started in a storage closet on the first floor and had worked up the side of the wood siding and involved the attic. Upon arrival of our first due companies (less than 3 minutes), the fire had already self ventilated through the roof. I was on my first day of off duty and per our SOP's, responded to the scene POV. When I reported to staging, I was assigned to a four man crew to advance a handline to the third floor of the structure. We pulled our line through the breezeway to the stairway (interior) of the C side of the structure. As we were advancing the line up the stairs, a portion of the ceiling fell on our crew. My Cairns 660C Metro helmet took the hit for me. The right portion of my shield front bracket was broken (I had to use my goggles to hold in in place after the fire). My Packtracker was torn from my SCBA and could not be recovered from the amount of debris. Thanks to my Cairns 660C I was able to continue with my assignment and we were able to save two-thirds of the structure.

Scott M. Rochester, NY

It's not that much of a story, but I'll enter it anyway. Several years ago, one of the firefighters that I look up to the most and have learned a lot from was blown out of a second story window and landed on the pavement below. I'm positive that his life was saved due to his Cairns helmet. If it wasn't for your guys' helmets, I wouldn't know half the things I do about the fire service.

Daniel F. Verona, PA

Daniel F. Verona, PA Unity VFD Station 233

Over the past five years I’ve been in the Fire service. I have seen and have learned many new things. But, during my experiences I have become heavily reliant on MSA products from SCBAs, helmets, and goggles to a MSA CO Detector that was attached to a First in bag that alerted us of high levels when there was no indication of a problem since we were sent there for a elderly man who had falling and was injured. And, the other time when my crew and I were overhauling after a residential fire and part of the ceiling came crashing down on my head. Luckily enough, I was not injured because my Cairns 1010 did its job. I would like to thank you guys for everything that you do to keep us safe.

Jacob E. Jasper, GA

Jacob E. Jasper, GA Hinton Fire Department

While Fighting an interior attack in a small residential fire, I was in charge of pulling ceiling. The fire was burning pretty good above me and the ceiling was made of thick plywood. I had burned insulation and plywood fall on top of me. My Cairns N5A New Yorker Helmet kept my head safe and kept the debris from hitting my thin Nomex hood.

John B. Indianapolis, IN

My crew and I were assisting in the rescue of a steel worker that was pinned between a tractor trailer and a loading dock. Before our arrival, the factory had moved their multi-ton overhead lift above the trailer in an attempt to relieve some of the weight off the worker. I was standing on the loading dock directing my employees when the straps attached to the lift broke free. When the straps broke free the lift cables with a hook on the end began to swing wildly striking me on the side of the head. Thankfully I was wearing my N6A Houston with my chinstrap in place so I sustained no injury. My N6A is so strong that it only sustained a minor nick in the brim. That day confirms the reason I wear a Cairns N6A leather helmet. It is the reason why almost all of my employees also wear the N6A. Thank you Cairns!

Rick C. Hawesville, KY

Just this past Sunday morning, my department provided mutual aid to the Lewisport (KY) Volunteer Fire Department on a structure fire at a carwash. I was on a ladder being heeled by FF Damien Rice of LVFD when I handed my hose line down to the ground and the nozzle fell and struck FF Rice in the head. His Cairns helmet protected his head as he made the comment, "glad I was wearing my helmet today!" Thank goodness there was no injury.

Vincent M. Madison, NC

While performing RIT drill practicals at my full time job as a paid firefighter, my captain fell through a hole in the floor of the department's training burn building. The hole was four foot square in size and all concrete, about ten foot in height from the first floor to the basement where he landed. He was standing and stepped back through the opening. Although he received severe injuries and was out of work for months, the outcome could have been much worse if not for his Cairns Classic 1000 helmet. It performed as advertised. The shell separated from the impact liner when he fell through the hole. Instead of losing his protection the impact liner stayed in place and protected him from a serious or fatal brain injury. The liner had several cracks and a flat spot, but my captain had no head injury. He suffered broken ribs, a broken back and a shoulder injury. There were mistakes made in the training, but there is no mistake that his Cairns helmet saved his life that day.

Mark F. Palatka, FL

In 1991, while conducting a live-fire evolution, another Instructor and myself remained in the structure after our students had exited. We stayed to rebuild the fire and prepare for the next team to enter and perform their evolution. While building the fire, without warning, the entire ceiling collapsed into the room. We were both struck very hard on our heads. Visibility went to zero and we pushed the debris off, as best we could, grabbed one another and exited the nearest door to the outside. As, we regained our visibility outside, I noticed that my partner only had a skull saver on his head and then felt for my lid as well. I still had my shell on but the retention clips were broken. Neither of us suffered any injuries. In the end, both of the helmets got replacements parts and were placed back into service for another couple years. At the time, we were wearing 660C Metro Helmets. They held up very well and absorbed the shock that would have otherwise transferred to our head/necks.

Adam S. Somerset, PA

In 2007 I responded to a structure fire with entrapment, occupant refusing to leave the structure. Arriving on scene crews found the double-wide trailer set on a masonry foundation with an attached garage. The garage was fully involved on side 'B' with the fire extending into the occupancy. My engine was first to arrive and proceeded to extend an attack line to the "C" side. Prior to making entry it was confirmed that the occupant, although burned had self extricated from the residence. After making initial entry into the kitchen and attached living room our nozzle team began to extinguish the fire at the extension points and contain the fire to the 'A-B' corner. It was during this time that that the interior ceiling and a fan blade from a ceiling fan collapsed over top of me. I was grateful in the situation for having my Cairns N5A New Yorker helmet fastened and in place.

Michael C. Roanoke Rapids, NC

On August 27, 2011 the coastal plains region of North Carolina was devastated by Hurricane Irene. My hometown of Roanoke Rapids, situated on the I-95 corridor near the NC/VA state line, received considerable damage from high winds, flooding and downed trees and power-lines. In the days following the storm my department sent crews out to assist public works with clearing trees from streets and alleys so service vehicles could get in to make repairs and offer services. On August 29 my crew came on duty and I decided that I would go out with one other crew member to clear storm debris. I am the Battalion Chief of A-shift and my thoughts were that I would have my crews carry out regular daily duties and remain fresh for whatever calls for service came in, while I handled the tree cutting with one more member. We had cleared several trees before we came across a large oak tree that was holding down a high tension line between two power poles. We carefully cut the tree and limbs away and had almost cleared the alley when we got to the portion of the tree that was holding down the line. We were both taking full safety precautions while operating the saws, using Turnout Pants, Gloves, Eye Protection and Helmets. I was wearing my personal Cairns N5A New Yorker with Bourke Eyeshields. My partner was wearing his department issued Cairns 1044. After a short discussion about what could happen I made the final cut. Despite trying to stay clear of the large limb as I cut, it still came up with the line and struck me in the face, with enough force to knock me backwards against the pile of debris. It also knocked my helmet across the alley and into a nearby yard, approximately ten yards away. I immediately started holding pressure on my bleeding face and trying to figure out what kind of truck had just hit me! My partner gathered up our equipment and had to find my lid before we could head back to the station and, and eventually the ER. The log that hit me below my right eye was approximately eight inches in diameter and about three feet long. Because I was looking down at what I was doing, the brim of my helmet caught the majority of the force from the log, right between the Bourke Eyeshields. The force of the blow pushed my safety glasses against my face and left a cut below my eye approximately one and one half inches long that was glued and steri-stripped closed at the ER. A minor injury for the amount of force that came from the high tension line. My partner and I both agree that, had I not been wearing my helmet, my face/head would have taken the full force of the blow and could have resulted in possible facial fractures or possibly a head injury. I have been on the job for 22 years and have always used Cairns Helmets, despite the fact our department only started issuing Cairns Helmets six years ago. I purchased my own. I had just bought my New Yorker this year at FDIC, after wanting one for as long as I can remember, and I am the the only guy in our department with a leather lid. My Helmet now has a nice "ding" in the brim where the log struck it. I guess I could paint over it, but I won't. I will just leave it as a reminder of how your Quality product helped me "save face". Thanks. Sincerly - Michael Clements, Battalion Chief ,Roanoke Rapids F.D.

Dan R. Wilmington, IL

My Cairns fire helmet has helped to save my life countless times from heavy debris such as bricks and wood to little stuff like drywall and insulation. I can count on my helmet to get the job done safely.

Brian W. Dorchester, ON

How do you say 'thanks' to an inanimate object you wear on your head? It's a simple piece of equipment, but is instrumental in protecting your single most important asset, your head. I can't even count the number of times that my Cairns fire helmet has done it's job and protected my head from injury. It can be simple things like bumping your head against an unseen wall while searching a smoke filled building. It could be the numerous times my helmet has kept falling debris and insulation off my head during overhaul. Or it could be the added visibility and recognition that immediately comes from donning one of our most recognizable pieces of uniform. I guess in the end, it all boils down to saying thanks to the men and women who make that inanimate object. So, I would like to say 'thank you' to the men and women of Cairns for making the helmet that I wear with pride. It has saved me from countless bumps and bruises for sure, and has allowed me to perform my job with comfort knowing that I've got one of the best helmets in the industry protecting my head. Thank you. -Brian Wilson, Training Officer, Thames Centre Fire Department

Tommy M. Merlin, ON

While I was pulling some walls apart in a hallway looking for hot spots with another firefighter during a house fire, a chunk of the roof collapsed in bringing down the ceiling in a hallway down on both of us. Among the debris that came down on both of us were some 2 X 6 boards that were supposed to be used as a walkway in the attic, one of these boards hit me in the helmet with a fair amount of force breaking the shield on my helmet. After digging our way out of the debris with other firefighters thinking we may be injured and running to help us, I must say, I was glad to be wearing my Cairns 1044. It did exactly what I needed it to do in that moment which was protecting my head, and after putting a new shield on my helmet I continue to use it today.

Brendan W. Hastings On Hudson, NY

I have been wearing a Cairns 880 for the past 3 years as an interior Firefighter. I don't have a dramatic story about how my helmet has protected me, but I must say that I do hit my head on a lot of odd shaped objects during normal operations and thanks to the great helmets that Cairns makes I never feel a thing. I can promise you that the only helmets I'll be wearing for the rest of my firefighting career is going to be Cairns.

William H. Baltimore, MD

A lot of all my incidents where your helmets help me were during trainings. My company was participating in a training with other stations in are battalion so we all try different things. My crew instead be on are engine we were put on the truck when I was climbing up the ladder the operator shifted the ladder and I fell on the roof of are burn building thought it was far it was on my head. Sure I felt it but it could have been a lot worse if I wasn't wearing your helmet. Thank u for making the best, in my opinion, fire helmets.

Jason M. Broken Arrow, OK

Jason M. Broken Arrow, OK Broken Arrow Fire Dept.

My N6A Houston helmet has protected me in many fires and various incidents throughout its life, but on 7/24/11 it saved my life. While on the second story of the 6700 sq ft house me and my other two crew members were preparing to go back out due to our low air alarms activating. I was just inside the doorway of the attic space and was giving it one more shot of water when our area of the house shook and collapsed sending me headfirst into the garage and leaving the rest of the crew on the edge of what was left of the second story. Shortly after hitting the garage floor I heard the roof tumbling down collapsing on top of me, trapping me underneath the burning rubble. While readjusting my mask I heard my guys send out a mayday over the radio and started to free myself. I was able to push some of the debris off me and crawled out from under the rest of it, low on air and with some minor burns and severe pain in the left side of my chest I looked for a way out. After exhausting a couple of different means of egress and having no tools that made the journey down with me to breach an outside wall, I went back to the previously blocked off front of the garage where this time I was able to faintly see the front of the driveway/yard. I dove, rolled,and crawled through the debris and fire to the front of the garage and into a stream of water that was from the RIT team making entry to come find me. They pulled me out the rest of the way, started treatment and put into a ambulance enroute to the hospital. After a few nights in the hospital due to minor burns, cuts and bruises, fractured ribs and a collapsed lung on the left side,they sent me home to recover. A week or two later I went to go look at my gear and realized that my helmet not only protected me from the fall but from the the looks of my bent over bill that it kept some of the heavy roof timber from crushing my neck and or back of my head. Sorry about the length, just wanted to let you know that your products can and do make a difference everyday in the lives and families of fireman. THANK YOU for the craftsmanship, quality, and pride that you guys/gals put into each of these helmets.

Jason R. Bristol, CT

Jason R. Bristol, CT Town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS

Our department uses the cairns 1010 or 1044 for our protection of choice, I've had my 1010 now for 6 years and it has protected me from all sorts of hazards, but one in particular was a house fire we fought on a February morning. All was going to plan until a good amount of ceiling tiles came down on me and my partner; most striking me in the head. Thanks to my Cairns helmet I walked away without a scratch. THANK YOU CAIRNS.

Cj C. Wallingford, PA

I was fighting a car fire and there was an air jump in the line and my Cairns 660C Metro protected my head from getting hit with the nozzle at full pressure.

Billy W. hopewell, NJ

Billy W. hopewell, NJ Hopewell Fire department and EMU

I don't have many stories from firefighting since I'm just a year into it, but 2 do stick out, the first was when I was a junior (Foreman I believe, rockin a blue 1044) and I hadn't eaten, footing a ladder for our drill when everything goes dark, I passed out. kinda rolled off my deputy (now the chief) chief and smashed on the ground. Lost the lid after I hit but the way I landed it was a good thing. The second one is similar, graduated to my black 1010, middle of firefighter one. A friend Anthony and myself were told to search the room, while the hose team sits at the door waiting for an all clear, trying to be hot shots in the small room, we went separate ways, well he kinda forgot me and got back to the hose team that it was clear, lets just say I was between the training prop and the hose team and the nozzleman didn't quite understand hitting the ceiling, smashed my head on the prop and cracked my visor (hit like square on the thumbwheel, I'm surprised i didn't break that. Well sorry I couldn't bring the shock and awe into your competition but that's the best I've got. Thanks for making great helmets. That not only help in a fire, but when your just starting out and make the mistakes that shape you as a person.

Joel L. Somerset, PA

Your helmets have protected the most valuable asset I have. My pumpkin!



Nicholas B. Lyme, NH

My fire department just recently bought new Cairns 1044s. I already had the Cairns 1010 and loved it. Best helmet. Fits perfect, but its getting old and I have no money to replace it with recent things moneys been getting short. Me and my dad were inside a building checking for an alarm in the boiler room and a tool feel off the top shelf; well thank God I had the helmet on.

Pabel T. Woodstock, GA

Pabel T. Woodstock, GA Smyrna Fire Rescue

I don't want to point at one time when my Cairns helmet protected me, I want to say that the helmet is part of my every shift protection and only "it" truly knows how many times it has saved me from serious injury or worse. Cairns is the ONLY helmet I wear and trust! It doesn't matter if I'm at a fire, technical rescue or what ever the emergency is, I know that my head is COVERED! We take for granted all the light and hard thumps we take on the helmet while operating at fires, Cairns helmet is not only a protector for me but a symbol of my dedication and devotion to the profession. Nothing speaks firefighter like Cairns. The helmet also exemplifies my commitment to take all precautions to stay as safe as possible for the sake of my family. My personal investment to buy Cairns in opposition to what was issued to me is loud and clear message to all who know me that I will ONLY train, fight, and wear the best!! I believe that it is our responsibility to make every attempt possible to give our family and friends a safe return after our tour, I can honestly say that my Cairns helmet can be contributed to many of my safe returns. Thank you cairns my career partner and protector of the most important asset on the fire ground "my head"!

Doug S. New Castle, PA

I have had different incidents on all emergency calls that I respond too, and each one involved my Cairns Helmet. I had responded to a car accident at around two in the afternoon, at the scene I had to go and grab a portable out of our Support Truck, the truck was approx. 200 ft. away from the accident itself, i was walking back to the truck, I caught the bottom of my bunker pants as I took a step, I went face-first towards the ground and landed onto the helmet face-up, I did black-out and came back alert once I had landed.

Andrew T. Hanna City, IL

Back a couple of years ago when I was with another volunteer fire dept i received a tone out for a house that had been struck by lightning. My engine company was interior and working on getting to the fire which was located in the wall of the bathroom and rear of a split level house. We were going through the hallway to the bathroom when one of the ventilation crew decided to stick a house line through the vent hole they had just cut. When the line was opened up it started to blow the drywall and ceiling fixtures at my team and I and I took several large chunks of drywall to my head. The only problem i had was from snapping my head back to quick which caused my neck to hurt for a few days but the helmet which was covered in drywall did its job especially the bill of the helmet.

Brian T. Hillsborough, NC

I've had my N6A Sam Houston for over a year and it is the best made piece of my PPE. It has kept me safe from falling debris and melting building products during numerous fires. I will keep this helmet forever. Thank you for your quality work. Keep up the good job.

Dustin M. Tar Heel, NC

We were fighting a structure fire. When the ceiling fell it hit one of my buddies in the head. If it wouldn't have been for his Cairns 1010 helmet, he wouldn't be here right now. It's gotta be a miracle the great things that yall do. I just want to say thank u for the great gear and pride in your work.

Jason A. Camano Island, WA

We use Cairns 660C Metros exclusively for our Firefighters. Recently, at a practice burn, a recruit firefighter was sitting watching the fire behavior with an instructor at her side and a piece of sheetrock from the ceiling gave way. The sheetrock was soaked with water from a recent rain after the roofing was removed. The heat water caused the screws to fail and release the sheetrock. She was fine thanks to her protective equipment.

Doug S. New Castle, PA

I have worn a Cairns 1010 since I joined the fire service, I have heard guys say that they are uncomfortable, and they had switched over to a Mornin Glory helmet because of comfort. The helmets I have worn have actually I think have kept me from seizures on a fire scene, or on the scene of accidents, due to the fact that I am a clumsy person, I'll drop something even if I have firm grip on the piece. Also, I can be walking slow, and carefully on a road that is covered in ice, and I will slip and fall on my left hip, with my head hitting the ground at a quick pace, as I land. The seizures I get I can not control, and also I do not know when I have one coming, and the seizures are linked to the stem of my brain, and something hitting my head can cause a seizure,but also stress can even cause one. I think the number of times I have fallen on the roads and on ice, even at fires alone, and my head with the Cairns 1010 helmet on has actually kept me safer than without that helmet, as some members do at my department.

Ronni B. Wetumpka, AL

Ronni B. Wetumpka, AL Wetumpka Fire Department

On September 12, 2007, I respond to a structure fire as a Lieutenant (Orange 1010 Helmet) with the Wetumpka Fire Department. On arrival we found heavy fire in the back of the structure. Me and and a probationary firefighter (with a brand spanking new yellow Cairns 1444 helmet) entered the structure and began to work or way to the seat of the fire. As we were going down the hallway towards the bedrooms, the hallway flashed. All we could do was flow as much water as possible and try to get to the seat of the fire. When we exited the structure upon knocking the fire down, we had a chance to look at our helmets. It was then that we noticed ALL the reflectors had been burned off along with some of the paint on mine and some major discoloration to his. Fortunately neither one of us suffered any burns and all credit is due to Cairns for making such a great helmet.

Jacob A. Valley, AL

I wore a Cairns 660C Metro throughout my internship as an explorer. I wore my helmet proudly on wrecks on Interstate 85, brush fires and a good handful of exterior attacks. Well when the time came for me to move up I was bypassed in the gear receiving area seeing as I already had personal gear that was to date, and the there were certified guys coming in and getting the Dept. issued gear. Well my great Cairns story takes place on two scenes. The first was right across from Chiefs house, we had been scheduled to do mock wreck at the school that day but the tone dropped and we rolled an eighty eight E-One pumper along side one of our 3500 gallon tankers. I was left at the station. When the engine officer topped the hill about a three-quarters of a mile from the scene and had flames visible at a distance he asked for more personnel to respond, so I and a senior firefighter got in the the service truck and headed that way. When we got on scene it was a pre-fab home with flames through the roof, he and I took an attack line to the rear of the house and made egress to the kitchen. Our Battalion Chief that day was also a Captain for the City of Opelika and he recalls it as possibly the hottest single family dwelling fire he had ever seen. As we made our way into the structure deeper and deeper my helmets became heavier and heavier and took some good hits from rafters and all, the weight was coming from the water lines ran in the ceiling that were melting down on us. But after it was all said and done my lid saved me from what my officer was saying. Two days after that we went to a neighboring Dept. for Mutual Aide, I ended up going in with a member from their Dept. Needless to say my lid was there again taking good lick but this time not only from rafters but the entire half of the mobile home. I was in a collapse that day. The cause was by him not leaving when I thought it was time to go, ended up I was right. I was pretty sore the next day but my lid kept my head safe, and that is the reason I would be honored to win a Cairns Helmets. - Jacob Arthur 675 B.F.D.

Brett L. Redwood Meadows, AB

My second day full time on the job, we had a house fire. We had started with an interior attack on the main floor and my partner who was on the first shift working with him. After approx 5 minutes inside chunks of dry wall started falling from the vaulted ceiling. My partner had exposed himself for no more than a minute and a chunk fell on him, knocking him out. Another firefighter from a neighboring department and myself started our mayday mayday and we pulled him out. My partner was wearing a Cairns Structural 360S helmet. He went to the hospital to get checked out and was cleared in two days after the fire.

Adam H. Wexford, PA

Adam H. Wexford, PA Marshall Township VFD

My name is Adam Hartwig, I have been a Firefighter for 5 years now. I go to school at Penn State Erie, and while I am at school I volunteer as a FF/EMT as well. This past year I responded to the Union City Fire where a structural collapse sent debris flying onto the top of our engine and onto me and my partner. My Cairns 1010 saved me from becoming seriously injured (The picture shown is myself on the Left and my partner on the Right just after the collapse of the Bravo side of the structure when debris rained down on us). In a second incident last winter, I was returning to the Fire House in the ambulance from picking up hose from a structure fire we were on. I came across a vehicle into a guard rail on a dark windy road. I put the emergency lights and stopped to provide aid. While providing aid, I was attempting to walk to the back of the vehicle to get road flares when I slipped on ice. My feet went up in the air, and my head hit off the ambulance, and then I hit the ground. My Cairns 1010 took most of the blow, cracking it. However, my partner said that I was out for 30s to a minute. This incident resulted in 4 months of time off, being drove around my family and friends, and still today headaches and problems.

Rick H. Morrisonville, NY

Recently at a chimney fire I witnessed something amazing. A brick fell from the crumbling chimney and hit a buddy of mine on his Cairns 1044 helmet. It did damage the helmet, but all he got out of it was a neck ache and a head ache. Without a doubt if he had not been wearing his helmet he would be dead. The Helmet did crack and we took it out of service, but without it he would most likely be dead.

Jonathan S. 2724 Mayfield Rd. #6, OH

When I volunteered for the Grand Prix of Cleveland (when Champ Car was still in existence) my third year I was moved up to the "Track Fire Safety/FD," can't quite remember what Champ Car called that particular crew. Anyway, now to the story between a practice and a Trans Am Series race, the media helicopter was taking aerial shot of Burke Lakefront Airport (which held the grand prix), on landing roughly about 15-35 before touchdown the media helicopter had a malfunction in the tail area and had crashed (luckily the crew of the chopper survived). Turned out the rear rotor shaft had snapped on landing approach and caused the chopper to a slow tailspin into a minor crash (the pilot had good hands at that joystick to prevent further damage). Flying debris flew toward where my crew and I were stationed (Turn 1), roughly about head to upper chest height, and part of the rear rotor shaft flew forward and into the engine causing a fire. My crew and Champ Car's Simple Green Safety Team were on scene before Cleveland FD Division Burke Lakefront Airport. Both Champ Car Safety Team and my crew threw our MSA Cairns helmets on and got the crew out to a "safer" area away from the aircraft they were piloting (literally just before the engine fire started). If both crews and I hadn't have been wearing the Cairns helmets we would be goners, but thanks to the Engineers at MSA, designing, probably the strongest helmet I have ever worn. That Cairns helmet saved my life that day. They sure look heavy and clunky, but those darned things are are probably one of the lightest helmets I've worn, and gosh darn it they sure can take a beating (considering debris was flying everywhere). P.S. Kudos to Every MSA Engineer and Designer for making good high quality safety gear and appliances. Keep up the good work over there at MSA! I wish I had more hands to give all of you at MSA 26 plus thumbs up!

Skip K. Quinault, WA

While doing extrication training, a 6x6 wooden block we were using as a support for the hydraulic ram slipped and flew out and struck my Cairns helmet. A lesser helmet would have cracked, and had that wood struck my head, it would have been all over. Thanks for making a great helmet.

Nick C. Sheboygan, WI

Nick C. Sheboygan, WI Black River - Town of Wilson FD

I find this story rather funny in that it came from a time early in my career. The call was for several large piles of woodchips and mulch that were burning. Several of the lines were being repositioned except for the one I was on. The bulldozer came through and pushed down a big pile and I cracked open the nozzle. While applying water, there was an unexpected increase in pressure and next thing I know, I am flying head over heals, landing head and shoulder first into a a pile of rocks, several hose connections and a hose wye. Had I not been wearing my Cairns helmet, I would have been injured more severely that I originally was. The helmet did its job, it held up to the impact. After being treated on scene, I inspected my helmet and could not find a single scratch or dent in it. I was amazed, with how hard I came down on it. I wouldn't give up my Cairns helmet for anything!!

Justin M. Wheeling, WV

Called to a commercial structure fire upon arriving on scene found 100x100 commercial tractor trailer garage with smoke showing. Upon entering structure found high heat and smoke conditions. Face shield on my Cairns helmet melted due to high heat conditions. helmet became very discolored but still held up to conditions. Upon exiting the structure due to the heat and zero visibility went to vent windows on outside of garage door when top half of 16x20 door fell onto my head. Thanks to my Cairns helmet holding up to heat and severe impact of the door I was able to walk away with no injuries but helmet had to be retired due to damage. In any case win or lose thank you for making a great quality product.

Wayne C. Sewell, NJ

Ever since i walked into my grandfathers house as a young child I knew that I wanted to be a fireman. His home was littered with statues and memorabilia. I learned of his 20+ year career as a Captain in the Newark, New Jersey Fire Department. One of the most amazing stories of his that I know of is the fires that he and his crew battled during the 1967 riots. Not only were the fires some of the most dangerous they'd ever faced, but the people rioting added an extra threat, as they would throw bricks and cinder blocks off of roofs down at their roofless fire apparatus. If it weren't for a few pieces of 1/4 inch plywood and and his Cairns leather helmet, who knows what kind of injury could have resulted. Winning this helmet would mean the world to me, I've wanted one ever since I first joined my department 3 years ago and It would be an honor to carry on not only the tradition of the fire service, but that of my late grandfather as well.

Joshua D. Johnstown, PA

I have worn Cairns helmets for the past 10 years. I have seen some situations where the helmets have saved my head. The most recent involved a tree down on a residence. During the process of cutting the tree to remove it from the property a limb fell on my head, thanks to the outstanding Cairns products I did not even feel the impact. One of my officers then asked if I was okay and told me a limb had impacted the back of my helmet. I live by the quality of your products and the N5A New Yorker I wear is so rugged that I did not feel any impact from the tree limb. As like anyone who uses your products I could go on forever about how I love your products but this is just the tip of the iceberg. GO CAIRNS!!!

Vinny J. Braintree, MA

At a recent fire I was running the pump when the crew pulled a man from the building...as I was helping to pull the man from the front door someone ventilated the window on the 2nd floor and a big piece of glass came down and hit me on the head. Without the Cairns helmet I would have a nice part in my skull.

Kyle R. Shamokin, PA

Kyle R. Shamokin, PA Independence fire company

I have a leather N5a New Yorker that I have had for 12 years and my helmet was bought new and has seen many fires and has saved me many times from stuff falling on my head (walls, ceilings, glass and even. Tools that were dropped from about 8 feet) to keeping hot embers off me and water. I will never buy another helmet. Other then having stress cracks and a new front holder and some paint missing, she is tough and there is no better. I've melted face shields and plastic helmets but never my leather. Leather for ever.

Robert Regan R. 8085 SW 55th Ave, FL

On 9/11/2002 in North Brunswick NJ Maple Meade Station 2 while fighting a house fire I was attacking the fire from the garage to keep the fire from spreading. When I entered threw a side door and held the nozzle and started to flow water the ceiling started to collapse. Some of the debris hit me in the head and neck. If I wasn't wearing a Cairns helmet I would of took a nasty blow and probably been knocked out. Most of the pressure was in my neck. I was taken to the hospital and told that if I wasn't wearing any protective gear it could of been worse. I received a strain in my right side neck area causing me not to be able to move my neck. I was out of work for a while. I went to therapy and it helped. Still to this day I can't turn my neck all the way to the right.

Laurie-Lee D. Barrie, ON

I am a civilian fire service instructor at the Canadian Forces Fire and CBRN Academy on Base Borden. We instruct firefighters (both military and civilian) from across Canada. Here, as a civilian instructor, we have to provide much of our own gear. Some can be signed out or ordered, but often takes months to receive. When I first started out instructing here I was fortunate enough to have had great friends (who are also in the fire services) who helped me to scrounge up proper PPE and bunker gear. One of the items given to me was a Cairns helmet. During the structure phase in the training area (on one of my 1st courses that I taught on) we were assigned one of the oldest burn towers to use for our course (which is no longer being used). Some of the concrete above the door frames came lose and a large piece fell on my head. Lucky for me, I was wearing my Cairns helmet! Unfortunately I had to take it out of service. I would love to have another one some day (they are not only excellent helmets, perfect for all weather conditions, but look great too)!

Tom F. Raywick, KY

During an acquired structure burn October 24, 2010 we had an incident causing the ceiling to collapse. Five firefighters were approximately fifteen feet into the structure at the time of the collapse. A firefighter and myself were manning a backup line at this time. As the ceiling fell it hit the rear brim of the firefighter backing up the nozzleman on the attack line. The firefighter that was struck by the debris was able to remove his self from the structure with only some shoulder bruising. As we examined his Cairns 1010, it was quickly observed that the liner/shell had performed as designed. The shell rotated back, leaving the liner intact on the firefighters head saving him from incurring a certain neck injury.

Tom D. Washington, MO

A few years back, my Captain, two other firefighters and myself, responded to a mutual aid call to a neighboring town. After several hours of fighting what was ultimately a loosing battle, we lost a historic building. As we sat in dismay on the rear bumper of our ladder truck discussing the what could have been, my Captain took off his Cairns helmet and set it between us. The time finally came when we were released and we jumped back into our seats and took off for home. When we arrived, my Captain, already in a mad mood because of the loss, could not find his helmet. Even angrier now that he thought his helmet might still be at the scene, ranting and raving, about having to return to that location, he stops to take a breath and we hear the faintest thumping sound. bump.....bump.....bump.....bump..... we start looking around and as we approach the rear of the truck it gets louder, the closer we get the better we can hear it, BUMP.....BUMP.....BUMP. when we get to the very back of the apparatus we see what is making the noise. Our Captains Cairns helmet is hanging from the chin strap buckle, dangling from the space between the bumper and the truck. We all stared wide eyed at or Captain to see what he was going to do. Then we all broke in laughter. From then on in honor of how strong your equipment is we compare everything to it. "Man that held up like an MSA helmet", "that knot is as strong as an MSA helmet buckle".

Kyle W. Bethel, OH

IT was the first day of 2011. We got called out for a working structure fire to a condo complex in our district. Let me first say that only a few months before this we had gotten new turnout gear including new Cairns Helmets. When we turned onto the main road from the firehouse we could see this massive plume of smoke rising in the air like a downtown sky scraper. To make a long story short we entered the front of the condo shortly after arriving. My officer and another Firefighter entered through the front door. Maybe 20 secs later the hallway fell onto the first Firefighter and knocked him to the floor. My officer called a mayday and grabbed his SCBA strap to pull him back outside. Outside the firefighter stood up, stretched his neck and said "Im alright". His helmet was covered in ash, drywall dust, and soot, but it had done its job and allowed all of us to finish ours.

Laife F. Mt Zion, IL

I remember the first working fire I responded to. It was a third alarm, mutual aid in a two story residential home. My department had a crew inside on the second floor pulling ceiling while other departments were outside trying to fight the flames. Well, the roof collapsed on them...covering them all in smoldering debris. Thank God they all escaped quickly, but I remember seeing debris caked at least a foot high on their helmets as they exited the building. It was a scary realization of the dangers of being a firefighter, but I'm glad to know the helmets can hold up through the worst.

Pete D. SYDNEY NOVA SCOTIA, NS

IN 1998 WHILE SERVING IN BOSNIA I WAS A MEMBER OF A MEDICAL TEAM ATTACHED TO THE FIRE SECTION OF OUR CAMP. WHILE WE NORMALLY WOULD WEAR COMBAT HELMETS THE KEVLAR COMBAT HELMET WAS NOT SUITABLE FOR THIS INCIDENT. THE LOCAL CANTON GARRISON (AMMO DUMP) WAS IN AN CHICKEN FARM AND THE LOCAL FORCES WERE PREPARING FOR AN INSPECTION BY NATO FORCES. EARLY ON THE MORNING OF THE INSPECTION A LOCAL WORKER STARTED A CHAIN REACTION WITH A CIGARETTE AND A CHARGE BAGS FOR ARTILLERY PIECES. RESULTING IN A LARGE EXPLOSION KILLING 12 PEOPLE. AFTER IT WAS DECLARED SAFE THE FIRE TEAM WENT IN TO GET SOME WATER AND START A LIGHT OVERALL AND BODY PART RECOVERY. SOME HOT SPORT SOME WHERE FLARED UP AND COOKED OF SOME GRENADES, MY HELMET AND TURN OUT JACKET WERE HIS AT AN EXTREME RANGE I HAD 5 PIECES OF METAL STUCK INTO THE HELMET AND GOT A COUPLE OF SMALL PIECES IN MY BACK SIDE IF MY JACKET AND SOME CHUNKS HIT MY AIR BOTTLE THE EXTREME LIMIT AND LOW VELOCITY SAVED MY LIFE BUT CAUSED ONE HELL OF A HEAD ACHE. THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ MY STORY.

Jamie T. Amherstburg, ON

We were called to a fire in a small apartment building. When we got there we could see the flames inside the building through the windows of the main floor. Upon entering the building, it was found that renovations were in progress on many of the units in the building, including the one that the fire was seen in. In the attempted entry into the involved apartment unit, a stove was partially blocking the swing of the front door. My partner and I found this out when we tried to enter and were thwarted abruptly! Coincidentally, the door opened enough to allow heat and flame out of the unit giving us each a blast of heat and fire at the ceiling level and banking down to us with extreme impact! We regained our perspective, with a hoseline in hand, gained entry and dowsed the fire getting the situation under control. Thanks to my partner's direction, my training and my gear (mainly my Cairns helmet) all participants were well and safe!

Joey B. Chatham, IL

While fighting a residential structure fire my Cairns fire helmet saved my dome! The truss members collapsed on our crew, resulting in what could have been serious injuries. My helmet had to be replaced (department policy) due to a golf ball sized dent it made. Helmets can be replaced but my head cannot! So once again, thanks for making quality helmets that make us feel safe and protected. Keep up the great work!

Jeff W. Plainfield, IL

One of my friends on the Chicago fire dept. that is on a truck company had a axe fall two stories and hit him in the head, and if he wasn't wearing his Chicago 880 helmet he would have been a goner. He suffered a minor concussion. But that awesome helmet did save his life.

Kevin D. Silvana, WA

While at training, I felt something fall on my helmet and could not figure it out as nothing was above us. I was only after I took off my helmet did I find a small mole behind the shield. It must have been dropped by a hawk from above my position! I was alive so I guess the helmet saved us both!

Adam S. St. Louis, MO

Adam S. St. Louis, MO St. Louis City Fire Department

Responded to a call for wiring (2 company response) in a one story brick shotgun style home, upon arrival we found heavy smoke pushing from the front of the house and were being told that there was a person possibly inside, we called for a first alarm assignment. Riding lead off, I stretched an 1 3/4" line to the front door and made entry. As soon as we made entry we realized we were going into the home of a hoarder and there was a lot of debris to crawl across. I was about 25 feet into the house and found heavy heat and fire coming from a basement stair case. I started attacking the flames and advancing the line down the stairs when the line went limp on me and my company. Flames re-emerged and overtook my company as we retreated to the front door. The temperature at the time of the fire was about 10F and had caused our initial hydrant to be frozen. The 4th responding company assisted to make the plug and we were able to attack the flames again. There ended up not being any trapped occupants and the fire was brought under control in about 25 minutes with a lot of overhaul from the materials in the home. My Cairns 1010 helmet saved my scalp unfortunately my hood didn't provide as much protection and I sustained some burns around my mask seal. The Post Dispatch had this article about the fire, http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/article_974cba84-3070-11e0-b8e7-0017a4a78c22.html

Justin R. Lima, OH

Was fighting a two story balloon frame construction fire with the first floor room on fire. While attacking the fire a ceiling fan and some drywall fell directly on top of my Cairns 1010. If it had not been for the helmet I would have been seriously injured.

Thomas M. Murfeesboro, TN

Thomas M. Murfeesboro, TN Lascassas Volunteer Fire Department

We had recently had a structure fire Monday and my partner went in to hit the final hot spots and my Cairns 1010 was very comfortable and it very well protected my head from the nails sticking out of the burnt up frame. So thank you all keep up the good work.

Joshua C. Altoona, PA

One firefighter from one of our neighboring departments was standing below a large plate glass window. When someone broke the window out with a pike pole, it came down in several large pieces. The pieces of glass hit his Cairns helmet and broke up saving his life.

Michael H. Pottstown, PA

My dept. has Cairns 1010s. Mine is beat up, but but it is like a Timex. I have had boards hit my helmet drywall, tools, bricks. My helmet got chips, and cracks in it but my head never got hurt.

Timothy G. Schenectady, NY

Back in the summer of 2004, I responded to a house struck by lightning. I was on the third-due apparatus (a ETA/engine-tanker) and saw dark smoke pushing from the eaves on either side of the house. I went inside with a pike pole and the first handline. All of us were in full PPE and SCBAs. At the time, I was wearing a Cairns 1010 with Bourke Eye Shields. I started to pull down walls and ceilings to find the fire. Eventually, I found the fire and the handline started to extinguish it throughout the second floor. At the same time, we had a team working on the roof above us performing ventilation. Throughout the next ten minutes of these operations going on, I hooked up with the hose team to check on their progress. The smoke was dim and white so I was able to stand. While I stood there, something fell from above. This long, but heavy, object hit me on the right side brim of my helmet and fell next to my right boot. I looked down and, lull and behold, a six-pound flat head ax had fallen through the roof out of one of the firefighter's hands, who was performing ventilation. After exiting the structure, I checked my helmet and discovered no dents or serious scratches. I was impressed that the Cairns 1010 helmet stood up to that kind of abuse and didn't have to take it out of service. In turn, the helmet saved me from being taken out of service too. By properly wearing the helmet and utilizing it in a hazardous atmosphere, this piece of equipment protected and saved my life. I entrust Cairns 1010 or any other of Cairns' helmets. Thank you for all your dedication and hard work.

Jacob E. Jasper, GA

Jacob E. Jasper, GA Hinton Volunteer Fire Department

Upon going into my first fire, It was nothing like I expected from the previous training fires I had participated in. I had debris falling down on me and could not see much of anything. I was wearing a Cairns N5A New Yorker. As the debris was falling down some of it hit my helmet. My Cairns helmet protected me and kept me from getting hurt.

Kevin B. Waterloo, NY

July 2009 the Waterloo Fire Dept was providing rescue and fire support for our local county fairs demolition derby. I was assigned to the extrication team and standing by along the side of the "crash coarse" when 2 vehicles collided. It caused pieces to fly every direction. During the time of the collision I felt something hit my helmet. Someone came over and asked if I was ok? I said yes and asked why. The firefighter was holding a piece of the bumper shock that had struck the shield holder and the top of my Cairns 1010 helmet. The shield holder was bent and a couple of chips where missing from my helmet but it was still in good shape. I still have the helmet and have it as my back up helmet as my department issued me a new Cairns 1010. It did its job and save my head during the demos. I will always wear a Cairns! THANK YOU!!!!

Daniel S. DoverPlains, NY

Daniel S. DoverPlains, NY Dover FD, DoverPlains, NY 36 Truck!

I have worn my helmet for nearly 17 of the 20 years I have been a fireman. Old school N5A New Yorker, impact cap, no ratchet...Black, Bourkes, with a Boston Style device. This is a working man's helmet..seen a lot of fires in those 17 years, even here in suburbia. It's cracked, bent, stained, and smokey, but never once has it failed to protect me. I will never give up my lid, I will never sell my lid, I will never repaint my lid. It earned every mark, burn, and bend, the sacrifices of keeping the fireman who wears it safe. It is an American Classic, replaced by too many safety rules, regulations, and ideals put forth by people who have most likely never worn any type of fire helmet. For those who have, and those who do, there is a special place for an old school New Yorker...certainly in our hearts, but more so first due!

Karl M. Phillipsburg, NJ

Karl M. Phillipsburg, NJ Stewartsville Fire Co. 1 Greenwich Township, NJ / Green Knoll Fire Company Bridgewater, NJ

Greetings, my back story on my Cairns helmets begins back in June of 1998 where I received my N5A New Yorker helmet as a graduation gift. I had begged and pleaded with my father to let me buy one. Not even a week in use, I responded to a barn fire and came out with it loaded with chicken feathers. It was quite a sight. A year later while attending the NJ State Fireman's Association Convention, I came upon a vendor selling used leather helmets. This gentlemen was the owner of the now widely used Firestore.com . At the time he was selling parts and used helmets, which I purchased one as a back up. (I couldn't have just one) Early in the year 2000, I was fighting a fire when a concrete wall started to collapse. As I and other firemen ran from the collapsing wall I swear I felt a "brush" on my back. Later that day I took my helmet off to find the front holder smashed. Obviously during that fire I was hit in the head and didn't even notice it. I still use my Cairns helmet today which has been repainted countless times. I have used the Firestore.com using their parts department many times and have had the best customer service and repair products. I thank cairns for providing such a great product and tradition to the fire service. I have included a photo of my Great Grandfather's helmet from when he was a fireman in NY. My grandfather estimated that his father was a volunteer in Morris Park from around the 1910's. It now sits on my filing cabinet in the Code Enforcement office where I work.

Doug A. Juliette, GA

Doug A. Juliette, GA Monroe Co. Emergency Services

It has been a few years, but I remember it very well. I Love my Cairns 1010. I had a house fire about 2 in the morning and me and our crew made an interior attack. The fire was already venting through the roof. We made a great knock back and just about had it out and the rear corner started falling and one of the trusses fell and hit me and my fellow Firefighters in the head. Thanks to my Cairns 1010 I walked away.

Nicholas B. Lyme, NH

Nicholas B. Lyme, NH Lyme and Milton

I used my Cairns 1044 in Milton, New Hampshire at a chimney fire with extension. The chimney was only 10 feet tall but a piece of the brink fell off and hit the helmet. I didn't even feel a thing. I will only use Cairns helmets. I just don't feel safe using any other type. In fact, I got my other fire dept. Lyme to switch from a Bullard Fire Helmet to a Cairns 1044 and I'm not even an officer!

Charles L. St. Clair, PA

My Cairns helmet protected me from head injury in a collapse in a working structure fire. We were on the first floor, and the roof collapsed on top of us. The helmet worked perfect for all of us! Thanks for making the best helmets out their.

Beau S. Cridersville, OH

I had a cairns 1044 with a Defender Visor and Bourkes , and the first fire I had it on I had a piece of plaster and lathe fall from the ceiling and it only left a couple scratches on the top. AMAZING products Cairns keep up the awesome work!!

Nathan B. Milledgeville, GA

While working a 3 alarm structure just last month, my Cairns 1010 saved my rear yet again. While pulling ceiling to knock the fire out running the rafters, I saw out of the corner of my eye the seams all the way across the room start to split. I quickly told my nozzleman to cover up, and as I did, the whole kit and caboodle came down on top of our heads. After the initial shock wore off, and we finished the job, I looked at me helmet, and all that happened was a few burnt tets and some scuffed paint. Every helmet I own is Cairns, and an N6A is next on the list. I won't ever buy a different brand.

Travis M. Charlton, MA

Travis M. Charlton, MA Southbridge Fire Dept.

At 0230 hours on October 17th, 2010 Southbridge fire alarm began to receive calls for a building fire on Pearl St. We rolled with a single engine company because the crew for our ladder company were on an ambulance call bringing a patient of a motorcycle wreck to a Worcester hospital. En route, we received a report of people trapped in the building. At this point the acting officer ordered a third alarm which recalled all off duty members. Upon arrival we had heavy fire showing from the rear second and third floors of an occupied three Decker. We effected a rescue from a third floor window over a ground ladder and myself and the acting officer stretched a line into the second floor stairwell. We were going to attempt to hold the fire until more help arrived and do a quick search. We popped a door into a second floor apartment where I crawled in and began a search. I made it about 5 feet into the room when it rolled over and I was chased out by heavy fire. We hit it with the line and at that point a large piece of plaster and lath struck me on the head. After going back outside to change my bottle I was made aware of the condition of my equipment, my Cairns Leather N5A New Yorker had most of the paint burnt off in some spots down to the leather. My coat which had been black was now orange in most spots from the high heat and I had 2nd degree burns to both arms and legs. Through all of this, my Cairns leather helmet protected me. The damage was all cosmetic and the helmet is still in service. I've never owned anything but Cairns leather helmets, and this incident reinforced my belief that Cairns is the best and the only helmet I will ever buy. Leather forever!

Donovan C. Anaheim, CA

I was on an active structure fire when a joist gave way and whacked me on the side of my helmet and kept me safe and sound.



Jakob S. Garrett, IN

My name is Jakob Shultz. I am a volunteer firefighter on Corunna Fire Department. I have been in the fire service for 11 months and I am attending college for Fire Science. Our department had its one and only house fire in November, my very first house fire. During the attack, I was backup man on the nozzle inside of the home. My nozzle man went to shoot towards the ceiling, so, I crouched down to give him a better handle. As I was crouched, my nozzle man and I had a partial ceiling fall on us. At that point, we radioed the IC to evacuate everyone due to unsafe conditions. If it wasn't for my Cairns 1010 helmet and my partners Cairns 1044, we could have been seriously injured in that house, but we both made it out safely. After a little clean up job, our helmets look good as new and are still being used today.

Duane R. Onancock, VA

My father and I are volunteer fire fighters. We got a call one night that a single story residence was on fire. Upon arrival we got reports that there was still someone trapped in the house. I watched as my dad entered the house to do a primary search, he was in a bedroom on the C-side of the house when he found a victim. He dragged the victim around to the B-side of the structure. All the sudden the room caved in on my dad and the victim. If it wasn't for my dads PPE and his Cairns 880 helmet, he and the victim would probably have died. I want to thank you so much for the protection and quality of your helmets.

Blake K. Madison, WI

A firefighter on another department I was on was working at the scene of a barn fire when a large cement brick fell and hit him in the head. He was not injured, but was checked out just for safety reasons. He was wearing a Cairns helmet, and it prevented him from getting seriously injured.

Sean M. St. Paul, AB

Sean M. St. Paul, AB St. Paul Fire Deptartment (volunteer)

In May of 2010 I attended my vwry first Large fire with the st. Paul Fire Dept,At the Hansen Hotel in St. Paul, Alberta. As a volunteer, didn't have a lot of formal training. At approx 1 am the fire had been burning for about 4 hours. It was a large 3 story hotel. at approx 1 am the east wall of the Hotel without much warning collapsed outward and threw bricks everywhere, I was hit in the head with a couple of those bricks. and had I not been wearing my Cairns helmet, I surly would be dead or at least seriously injured as the bricks were large and still very hot. I have attached a pic of one of the smaller brick pieces that hit me, and I saved it.

Michael P. Westerville, OH

I was working for a small vol. fire department we had a training fire I went in to do the last round through the house, we had most of the fire in the back rooms, I went into the front door got about 20 feet in the front door when the floor gave way and I went into the basement the basement was fully involved when I stood up and looked around. I got to looking around and found the basement steps and made my way out of the house when I got out my helmet was scorched and smoking I was fine but my gear and helmet was condemned due to the heat and the intense fire, I still have that helmet it is hanging on my wall it is a Cairns 660C Metro if i remember right.

Patrick H. Buffalo, NY

I am a second generation fire fighter following my father's footsteps. Hired in 2010 I am two weeks from the end of my probation and was in the Market for a Cairns helmet when I came across this giveaway. My father's career and time on this world was cut short after a structural fire in Buffalo eastside went horribly wrong. A roof collapsed on his leaving him without oxygen for several minutes causing irreversible damage to his brain. " It's a story that made headlines around the world when on April 30, 2005, Donny Herbert, a 43-year old Buffalo firefighter, stunned his doctors, family and friends when he suddenly emerged from a vegetative stupor after nearly 10 years. Over the next 16 hours, Donny, who had been deprived of oxygen for six minutes when the roof of a burning building caved in on him in December 1995, began talking and became his old lovable self again, catching up with family and friends on the decade he'd lost. Donny gradually slipped back into a vegetative state and died in December 2006" - http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Books/story?id=3916331&page=1 - 60 minute clip which aired november 2007 http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=4402014n&tag=related;photovideo - He always wore the city issued non traditional helmet, because he could not afford nothing else, But i remember one day as a little child how happy he was when our family bought him his first traditional helmet a Cairns 1010 which one day became the cover picture on the book about my dad. Today it sits on my mom's mantle silt covered with the front holder bend from the roof collapse (no other damage). Your helmet with the actions taken by the Buffalo Firefighters gave my family another 11 years which I will always cherish. Thanks You Patrick Herbert

Tyler S. Lenoir, NC

Tyler S. Lenoir, NC Gamewell Fire Department

My fire department had just started doing overhaul of a structure fire. The crew was in the kitchen area and before they started overhaul we had soaked the attic of the home so that we could get the fire from up there out. I had stepped out onto the drive way to take a breather and the next thing i had heard was a loud crash. I ran to the doorway to find part the ceiling on the ground. The ceiling had fallen from where all of the water had weighed it down. Luckily all firefighters in side were either wearing there Cairns 1010 or there 880 when it fell on there heads. Everyone walked away with no injuries. The only helmets that my fire department uses is Cairns because we know we can trust them. Thank you for your great helmets.

Gary M. Blairsville, PA

I knew that Cairns would be the only helmet I would ever own after a vehicle accident late one night involving a vehicle into a tree resting at the top of an embankment. As I proceeded over to the vehicle I slipped and knocked my 880 off of my head as I hit the ground. My 880 fell to ground and as I reached to recover it I knocked it over the hillside on which the car was resting atop and it fell over the hill. I was unable to find it due to the hillside being well over 100 feet high and extremely steep. I chose to wait until morning figuring that I'd have to buy a new helmet anyhow as nothing could survive a fall like that. I returned to the accident scene the following morning to find that the hillside was almost 200 feet in height and that an access road resided at the bottom. Thinking that I would find my helmet in pieces after seeing the area in the daylight I chose to go to the access road and recover the pieces for insurance purposes. Upon arrival of the area in which I believed my helmet to be I began searching for parts of it to recover when I found that it was in fact not in pieces but fully intact with only minor scratches, even the brass eagle survived the fall without breaking. The only thing that was lost was my rubber band that had been holding my light on and it was found shortly after a few feet from the bottom of the hill. I immediately inspected the helmet and found no structural damage, no cracks, and only one screw missing from the eagle which had been loose for some time. I placed the helmet back in my car with my turnout gear and continue to use it to this day over two years after the incident. The helmet actually saved me in a structure fire in which a large chunk of plaster over 8 feet in diameter fell from a ceiling with my helmet and air pack, which incidentally was an MSA taking the brunt of the hit.

Bryan H. Cheraw, SC

Bryan H. Cheraw, SC Cheraw Fire Department

On the morning of October 27, 2007 while operating an exterior of a structure fire. I was manning a hoseline when fire broke thru the roof of a structure. Thus causing the remains of the roof to flip to the outside, landing on me. It knocked me towards the fire. I was wearing my airpack but was not on air at the time, nor had my face piece in place. However I did have my helmet on as required. Luckily it was a Cairns 660C, department issue. I received multiple face and neck burns and was sent to Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta GA, 3 hours away. I learned later that what fell was heavy timber structural material, and had it not been for my helmet. I wouldn't be here today. I was out of work recovering from 2nd and 3rd degree burns for 2 1/2 months. Still love my job to this day. Thanks Cairns for saving my life!

Steve P. Sydney, NS

One day while responding to a grass fire. First I thought, grass fire I don't need to wear my helmet. But while getting off the pumper I said that I better put on my helmet. The captain in charge told me to grab a water back pack to extinguish the fire. I opened the compartment which held the extinguisher. The type of door on this compartment is one hinged on the top. So as I walked to grab the extinguisher the door failed and started to close above, hitting my helmet and not my head. This door came with a lot of force as the spring hinge inverted causing the door to come down with a lot of force. Lucky I had my helmet on and it saved me from injury.

Trenton P. Greensboro, NC

Trenton P. Greensboro, NC Greensboro Fire Department

I was attending a live burn with my company about two years ago. We were inside and the fire had reached the attic. While extinguishing the fire, my Cairns Sam Houston Leather Helmet protected my head from the falling debris.

Zachary H. Dearborn, MO

We were doing training burnings. Training accident gone bad. I was the Firemen to light the fire and well there was too much gas in the Diesel mixture we was using. blew out all the window, fried my gear, but helmet saved me when the ceiling failed and came down on my head.

Zachary H. Portland, IN

During the January 2005 ice storm in east central Indiana, Portland Fire Fighters were called to assist during the brunt of the storm in their area. One member of the department was working in an area where limbs had fallen. With out warning another large limb fell on the member who was wearing his helmet. The helmet was cracked but the member sustained no serious injuries from the incident.

Jason R. Monroe Center, IL

my helmet actually protected my head during a winters storm one night. My dept. was called out onto the local interstate in the middle of the night on a nice sub zero ice covered roads night, much like what has hit the midwest here lately, 20 below zero, blowing winds and snow. It was determined we needed to have the patient Air Lifted so we called in one of the local helicopters, I tell you when its already 20 below Zero a running Helicopter does not help you stay warm lol. With the bird on the ground Flight Crew decided on hot loading the patient so due to the conditions. as we were approaching the helicopter loading doors I just conveniently found the one sure fire piece of ice on the pavement, thankfully not with the patient as the other personnel there had a hold of the backboard. unfortunately that didn't help me as I fell I went feet straight out and down, bouncing my head off the pavement of the highway with a rather audible thump. Thankfully though I did have my cairns helmet on and that protected me from any serious injuries, gave me one hell of a headache though. If I hadn't had a helmet on the impact could have been a lot worse that just a simple knock to the head. Well that's my story, not really the most exciting story but hey the helmet did its job very well i think and glad i had it on.

Mason M. Melbourne, KY

On 12/8/2010 our engine 1301 responded to the community to the northeast of us (Dayton KY) to assist in a structure fire. 5 agencies were called in due to the cold weather freezing the hydrants. While laddering the building to vent a 3rd story window fellow Firefighter/Engineer Jason Smith was footing the back-side of the ladder facing the structure. Without warning the wooden soffet underneath the gutters on the front of the 3 story house broke loose. The very large piece of flaming debris from 3 stories up fell directly on top of FF Smith knocking him unconscious and to the ground. Crews quickly removed FF Smith from the "danger zone" and he woke up enough to walk to the ambulance fore evaluation. Without his Cairns 1010 on it was quite clear that FF Smith would not have survived such a blow, let alone walk away from it. The story was carried on all local news stations and was and article on firefighter closecalls.com. The helmet did exactly as designed and saved him from death or serious injury. FF Smith was back to full working capacity that day.

Patrick R. millersport, OH

Patrick R. millersport, OH Millersport Fire Department

I am a 22 year old firefighter from ohio. I am the youngest in a family of firefighters. Myself, my twin brother, my older brother and my father are all firefighters. I am a full time part timer, i work for 5 departments all paid and volunteer for my home department at which i am very active. My very first fire I made entry through heavy smoke filled conditions to the back room with another member of the department. Once we started extinguishment, I could see that the fire had made it through the ceiling and into the attic. Conditions began to worsen. The heat began to melt my shield on my 1010, and breathing became difficult because my face piece began to cloud up from the heat. I knew it was time to get out of the house. We turned around and took off out of the room. Part of the ceiling let go and came down on top of us. We were not hurt, once we were able to get our bearings back from being smacked in the head we were able to make it out of the structure with ease. To this day I have worn a few different makes, models and types of helmets. The 1010 is still my favorite helmet. For its height, look, weight, and protection. I personally believe the cairns 1010 is the best helmet on the market and I will continue to wear it with pride. Thanks for this opportunity. FF/Emt Patrick Redd

Brandon D. Jane Lew, WV

Brandon D. Jane Lew, WV Jane Lew Volunteer Fire Department

I have been using my N5A Cairns New Yorker for 5 years and I love it. How ever over the past few years it has taken some damage, From 900 Degree Structure fires, Car Wrecks with entrapment, Standing on the interstate in the snow and rain. I am currently still wearing it although I'm pretty sure it wouldn't pass OSHA standards as you will see in the picture. Id love to buy a new one but right now I don't have the money to put into it.

Aaron B. Elizabethtown, PA

Aaron B. Elizabethtown, PA Rheems Fire Department

It was the 16th of November 2006 when I received my Cairns N5A New Yorker. It was a surprise 16th birthday party for me at the firehouse and I was in awe with my gift. I wanted nothing more than a Cairns leather; the helmet was by far the most beautiful, useful thing I had ever received. It was what every junior firefighter or senior ever wanted. To this day, four years later, after being painted three times (red for juniors at first, then orange, then finally black when I became a senior) and protecting my noggin for hundreds and hundreds of calls it continues to protect me adequately and serve its purpose. If I had to name a time in which I was thankful for my Cairns leather, it was during a RIT (rapid intervention team) training class. The building was filled with smoke and I just happened to hit my head on the low part of the ceiling in the stairwell during an evolution. It was a nice hit and I was surprised at how nicely my head was cushioned by the blow; I wasn't dazed at all! My front piece holder was banged up but it did its job. When I first joined the fire service back in 2005 I just figured it was a fireman ego thing to have a leather. After these years with my Cairns leather by my side, I can literally say that I will never wear another helmet. Thank You Cairns and LEATHER FOREVER!

Jeremy A. Bradford, NY

Jeremy A. Bradford, NY Bradford Vol. Fire Co.

Last year i just Cairns 1044 helmet with my fire company i thought it was the most comfortable helmet in the world i felt really safe with it. On one cold winter day my fire co got called out to a 3rd alarm fire when we got there we tamed the fire as they were venting the roof me and my crew were checking hot spots in the wall when all a sudden i felt something hit my head as i looked up there was a hole in the roof. Come to find out it was the 4x4 squared piece of the roof that had hit me i was never injured but ever since i trust Cairns with my life.

Mark M. Hopwood, PA

Mark M. Hopwood, PA Hopwood Volunteer Fire Department

The N5A New Yorker that I wear was made when I was only six months old. It was gifted to me when I joined my department and was in near perfect condition. Since then it has chipped paint around the brim and crown. It helped me out a lot when i was struck in the head by a piece soffit-facia around 10 feet long. Without the helmet the aluminum would have put a large gash in my head or worse. In the short time i have had it it has taken a beating and can not really afford to replace it. LEATHER FOREVER.

Rob T. Tilbury, ON

Rob  T. Tilbury, ON Chatham-Kent Fire

On entering a house fire for an interior attack, me and my partner were pulling in a 1 3/4 hand line when a door way and some ceiling fell striking both our Cairns Fire Helmets, My Cairns 1044 and his Cairns 1010 stood up to this falling debris with out injuring us at all!

Justin C. Kennebunk, ME

Justin C. Kennebunk, ME Kennebunk Fire Rescue and Biddeford Fire Department

My Cairns leather helmets have kept me safe in more than one close call situation. Earlier this year we responded out to the turnpike for a tractor trailer fire. Upon arrival we encountered a fully involved tractor with extension into the refrigerated box. After making an aggressive knockdown of the cab we opened the trailer box. The box was full of pallets of french fries. We used a folding ladder to access the back of the trailer so we could direct a hosestream above the pallets toward the back of the box where there was still active fire. While operating the hoseline conditions suddenly worsened as the curtain that circulates the refrigerated air the length of the box flashed over and a smoke explosion occurred. I was thrown out of the trailer from approximately 8 feet off the ground. The helmet protected my head from the obvious thermal insult that is evident by the blackening of the entire helmet as well as from the impact when I struck the ground with my back and head. I was uninjured, picked myself back up and extinguished the now well involved trailer box. The second incident was while operating a 2 1/2 between tenements at a large incendiary fire at a wood frame multiple occupancy tenement. One of the elevated master streams caused a large area of roof and shingles to come down striking me directly in the head. My head and the helmet suffered no significant damage. I trust the quality and workmanship of the Cairns/MSA leather helmet to keep me safe at my Career and my volunteer job. Obviously I am in need of a new one.

Fred D. Youngstown, OH

Fred D. Youngstown, OH Youngstown Fire Dept.

In 1995, I was working a fire in an occupied auto body shop. as we were advancing, without warning, a 8' shop light fell down and struck me square on my head! I was disoriented, and was led to safety, but had no injuries due to the fact that I was wearing my cairns Sam Houston helmet that I had since 1991. at that time, the only damage done to my helmet was that the front holder was bent! Since 2004, I've been using a 1010, since our large fire load forced me to retire my faithful Houston. this helmet now sits on my TV in my main cave, and reminds me how lucky i was to escape serious injury that day, and how this trusty helmet has seen the worst fires, and was with me thru our "war years"! At least 3-400 fires or more I had with this protective helmet thru the years, and it was the best! I wouldn't use any other brand of helmet!!! 175 years means something to me!!!

Kyle A. Clifton Park, NY

When doing a drill i was carrying out a firefighter, when me and another firefighter's heads collided, but my cairns helmet protected me from getting a serious injury to the head.

Gary B. Balch Springs, TX

Gary B. Balch Springs, TX Balch Springs Fire Department

I received my Sam Houston as a graduation gift from the academy in 1992. It has served me without fail through out my career. It has protected me in several hostile fire environments and ceiling collapses. To me, there is no substitute. She is a little worn now, but still on the job!

Neil G. Cape Coral , FL

Neil G. Cape Coral , FL Fort Myers Fire Dept.

This helmet belongs to my good pal Mario. He works for the City of Detroit and as you can see gets quite a bit of fire service. Well, as you can probably tell his N5A New Yorker is getting to the point where it needs to be replaced. I can't think of a more deserving guy than him. I was in a garage fire with Mario some years back when we both worked in Ecorse Michigan. He went in and saved a dog that was locked in a cage inside while I stretched the line. After getting the dog we managed to get the swing up door open but it came loose from the ceiling and hit Mario on the head knocking him to the floor. He was off for 3 weeks after that and came to find out that he received compression fractures to his lumbar vertebrae. The good news is that his trusty New Yorker saved his melon. If you see fit to pick my story for this contest I will gladly give the free Cairns helmet to Mario so that he can continue to serve the City of Detroit safely. By the way, I am on my 2nd Cairns leather and wouldn't trade it for the world. Sincerely, Neil Graham

Chris H. Hudson, NY

Chris H. Hudson, NY Greenport Pumper Co. No. 1

This is the aftermath of a collapse the occurred during an early morning fire at a Pellet Stove Supply store. After sweeping the room with a MSA Evolution TIC it was deemed safe to enter and open up an interior wall for master stream operations. While opening the interior wall the ceiling had a partial collapse. Myself and two other firefighters were hit with debris and knocked to the floor, we were dragged out by exterior members standing by at a the door Upon exiting a total collapse of the area occurred. Little did we know that due to double 5/8" sheetrock around the room we we unaware of the real danger ahead of us. Also above us was a small office space that we were unaware of. My Cairns N5A New Yorker took the hit from falling debris and the only damage received was a bent shield holder. The other two firefighters with me both use Cairns 1010s. These products have stood up to the test and still come out on top.

William B. Prairieburg, IA

William B. Prairieburg, IA Coggon Fire and Rescue

I recently took an advanced firefighting class at the annual CITA fire school in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. And the instructors we had in the burn building well put way to much fuel (meaning pellets and couch cushions). For that burn building their was only to be 3 to 4 pellets at the most and not 5-7 plus two couch cushions. So the instructors that day had us set in there and watch the fire growth until rollover occurred and it was hotter then any other fire I have been in. Well long story short, my helmet took a lot of heat that day and has some battle scars from it. Thankfully it was built to protect us the and the ear and neck flap on the back really did save me from being burned even with heavy duty hoodie on. Its truly a weird feeling when your sitting there watching your bourke shield melt while its on your helmet which is on your head. Then you realize how hot it has to be in order for that to happen. It kinda freaks you out at first, but then your thinking crap how am I going to tell chief about this?!

Jeff S. Belmont, NH

Jeff S. Belmont, NH Tilton-Northfield Fire & EMS

I was doing overhaul on the 2nd floor following a 2 alarm fire in an occupied dwelling when my Cairns 1010 was put to the test and came out with my respect. Myself and 2 other firefighters were in the bedroom pulling ceiling and a couple of the rafters that had partially burnt through when one end of one of the rafters that a fellow firefighter was working on broke free. The rafter was still attached on one end, so it came down like a pendulum and hit me between the shoulder blades. My helmet absorbed a good blow to the back of it and was knocked forward, over my eyes. If I had not been wearing my chinstrap it would have been knocked completely off my head and I may have suffered an injury to my head. My Cairns 1010, did exactly what is expected of it and saved me from a sure head injury, so thank you for creating such a great product! FF/EMT Jeff Sheltry

Eric T. Heber, UT

Eric T. Heber, UT Orem City Dept of Public Safety-Fire Division

While performing Top side ventilation training on school props, my helmet protected me from flying debris and eye protection as well.



Matthew P. Winchester, VA

Back when i was in fire academy i had a Cairns helmet on and it went through several fires and bad ones at that and nothing melted off of it and it also held together through all the fires. also when i was in May Day training we had to bring our instructor through a roof hatch and when they got him up i was down in the building and when they pulled me up they bounced my helmet off the roof of the room and it didn't crack just scratched it a little but this helmet is still being used to this day and it is also 5 years old.

Wilhelm B. frederick, MD

Wilhelm B. frederick, MD United Steam Fire Engine Company #3

FROM FIREHOUSE.COM A helmet is being credited for doing its job -- protecting a firefighter. On Tuesday, a firefighter with the Independent Hose Co. in Frederick, was injured while participating in ladder evolutions training. It appears the wind blew over or caused a 28-foot ladder to slip. It then bumped into a 35-foot ladder which fell and struck Lt. Ricky Smith on the head, said Doug Orner, director of volunteer fire and rescue services. Smith, who suffered a back and ankle injury, was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital for treatment. His helmet sustained scrapes and dents. Orner said it was fortunate that Smith was wearing the helmet. "That helmet did its job. Had he not been wearing it, this could have been a life-threatening injury," he said. The incident is being investigated by Mike Crawford, a safety officer with the Frederick County Department of Fire/Rescue Services. http://www.ufc3.org/apps/public/news/newsView.cfm?News_ID=346

madilyn k. Ellwood City, PA

madilyn k. Ellwood City, PA Haarmony VFD Station 23

My boyfriend is a lieutenant for this fire department, and just recently won captain. A few months back he was called out for a commercial structure fire. He was asked by his chief to go into the warehouse and see if they can get to the bay doors to open them and do some ventilation. While they were in their his face mask melted, his helmet kept him safe. He knew it was bad when the firefighter he was with went to open the line, and the got a straight shot of steam. They walked out of the building and not minutes later the roof collapsed. He has been in multiple fires in this area, and his helmet has always been the main part of his gear to keep him safe. p.s He is the one on the left. His bunker jacket says M. Nanna on the bank in the picture, his helmet is supposed to be white, this shows how much work he does for his department and community to keep us safe, and i want to give appreciation back to him.

Kyle T. Hortonville , WI

Kyle T. Hortonville , WI Hortonville Hortonia Fire District

My Cairns 1010 Helmet protected me when my Dept. was on a Extrication Call involving a victim trapped in machinery. The tool that we were using came loose and hit my helmet and face shield. Without my helmet i would have been severely injured. Thanks Cairns.

Kirk F. Garden City, KS

Kirk F. Garden City, KS Garden City Fire Dept.

We were dispatch to a reported vehicle fire that was fully involved. Our downtown firehouse was in en route to the incident. When we received a second alarm that the vehicle was inside a body shop, my station responded to the call. When we arrived on scene the whole building was fully involved. Along with one vehicle just on the outside the building on side two. We made access to the roll up doors and started to extinguish the out of control fire when metal pieces of the building started falling down from up above. A piece of thin metal from the side of the building came crashing down smack the side of my helmet and definitely got my attention. Thanks to the fine quality of the Cairns helmets, I had no injuries! Thank you for your awesome craftsmanship, Kirk Frizzell

Shawn Z. Steamboat Springs, CO

Shawn Z. Steamboat Springs, CO Yampa Valley Regional Airport/ARFF

Every time I put this helmet on, I know it will protect me. Training or tragedy, my helmet has protected me from flames or falling debris. Thank you



TJ S. Lookout Mt, GA

TJ S. Lookout Mt, GA Davis Volunteer Fire Department

We had a 50% involved house fire. We were in over haul stage and a ceiling fell in on me. I had just gotten a Cairns 1044 a few weeks before. All I felt was a bump and I turned around to see the ceiling on the floor and my partner smiling with a pike pole in his hands saying...Your ok you had a helmet on. I have only use Cairns helmets during my time in the fire service, and it will be the only kind I ever use. I love my Cairns Helmet..

Josh W. Bonner Springs , KS

Josh  W. Bonner Springs , KS KCKFD

I have owned several Cairns helmets in the past and have been very pleased with the results. I have been exposed to extremely high heat and several ceiling collapses. All of my helmets have maintained the upmost stability and have saved my head a number of times. I would definitely recommend a Cairns helmet to anyone in the fire service. I stand by Cairns and all of the products they manufacture. Thank you for making such a high quality product to help protect use in the most extreme conditions.

Clayton D. Mocksville, NC

Clayton D. Mocksville, NC County Line Volunteer Fire Department

I have had my Cairns Leather N5A New Yorker for about 3 years now. It has been the best helmet i have ever had. I bought it brand new right after i graduated high school and i put it to work very soon. It has seen multiple fires and held up remarkably. It is also the most comfortable helmet i have ever worn and I tell people it wears almost as good as a broke in baseball cap. i was doing a live burn with a neighboring department and it was our rotation for a burn, and they were going to do a basement fire. We went down and made attack, but in the process a stud from the wall fell down and hit me and the nozzle man. Luckily my leather was there to take the brunt of the force and protect my head. As we were making our way up the steps to exit, I hit my head on the low ceiling going up the steps. I thought I had broken the carved brass eagle off the front of my helmet. But when I got out and checked it, there was no damage to it whatsoever. I love this helmet and if i have a choice I will never anything other than a Cairns Leather! Leather Forever!

Erik J. Fairhaven, MA

Erik J. Fairhaven, MA Fairhaven Fire Dept.

I Have always used Cairns since 2003-present and love It. I bought cairns 1010 when i got on my dept as a volunteer fire fighter. Its a great helmet sits on my head well and has protected my head dozens of times from pulling ceiling hitting my head on beams fighting a fire in a crawl space. My dept gave me a morning pride had it fell a part in my first fire with it the eagle fell off and the rubber trim came off So I went back to my Cairns1010. I became a professional fire fighter where i work as a volunteer fire fighter. I bought a Leather cairns N5A New Yorker and love it. Have only seen one fire with it but is great. I come from a long line of fire fighters and they all had leather cairns N5A new yorker. Cairns is the only helmets I will use.

Michael C. Pensacola, FL

Michael C. Pensacola, FL Myrtle Grove Vol. Fire Department

I was on the initial interior attack team on a 2 story house. In the process of the attack, due to fire damage in the attic, and water from our hoses, the ceiling gave way, with it came insulation and drywall that were still on fire. Thankfully my Cairns 1010 helmet saved me from burns and head injuries that could have resulted.

Gary L. Binghamton, NY

Gary L. Binghamton, NY Hillcrest Fire Company, Inc.

It is not a very exciting story, but it is the only one I have. I purchased my Cairns N5A New Yorker in the fall of 1999 (see attached picture). In our department, we wore the metro style helmets at the time, but I like the look and durability of the leather. I also liked the tradition of the leather fire helmet. Now that I have made the switch to leather, I will never go back. We are a smaller fire department, who sees some action each year, but nowhere near as much as other departments. A few months after I purchased the helmet, we got called mutual aid to a fire in a dwelling that was being built. We responded our squad company and when we arrived on the scene, there was a fire in the attic area and fire started blowing out of the roof. The fire was knocked down by using a deck guns and a truck company. My crew was sent inside to start pulling the ceiling and to check for extension. As we were pulling ceiling, we were being very cautious due to the large volume of water that was used to put the fire out. As we started to poke holes in the ceiling to release some of the water that had pooled, the ceiling collapsed on us. Luckily, no one from the crew got seriously hurt, but some were complaining of sore necks. I, however, did not experience any neck pain during or after the collapse. I contribute that to my new Cairns N5A and its design. Sorry, not the most exciting story that you will read, but it is the only one I have. Thank you.

John S. Glade Hill, VA

My unit was the first arriving company on a small, single story, wood-frame, residential structure in a rural part of our county. It was approximately 0400 in the morning and there were vehicles in the driveway. We had strong suspicions that someone may be home inside the residence. Upon arrival smoke and fire was showing from the Alpha/Delta corner of the structure. Myself and another firefighter forced entry through the front door and proceeded into the house. We made our way through the living room and then down the hall towards the fire. We started pushing the fire back and were making good progress on knocking it down. We entered the first bedroom we came to which contained the majority of the fire. We were in the room for several minutes when the floor gave way suddenly. I fell through the floor. Fortunately the residence was built on a crawl space, so the drop was not very far. I was disoriented for a few seconds, but quickly regained my bearings. During this time more debris, including structural members and furniture fell down on top of me. My Cairns 1044 helmet helped deflect the falling debris and prevented any head injuries. The long brim on the rear of the helmet helped to prevent any burning material from getting down into my coat. My partner was quickly able to give me a hand to self-extricate from the hole and we made our way out of the house. I did suffer some second degree burns to my wrist as I pulled myself up out of the hole. The homeowners were not at home at the time of the fire and no other firefighters were injured. The fire was quickly contained by another crew. Had my Cairns 1044 helmet not performed superbly that morning, I may have been more seriously injured or killed that day. I am very pleased with the helmet and will not wear any other brand.

Jody F. Balch Springs, TX

It was my last shift as a rookie. That day i was tending to my rookie duties when around 3 in the afternoon we were dispatched to a fire at an apartment complex. I quickly got dressed and when we arrived on scene all i could see is flames blowing out from under the eve's of the building. I bailed off the truck behind my captain and made entry at the door. I was instructed to feed the hoseline in to him and another firefighter. There i was at the doorway feeding in the line when i heard a window shatter. Just as it shattered i tried to get all 220 pounds of my body under my helmet. The window was directly above my head. My Cairns 1010 i purchased a month prior had just seen its first fire and protected my head. I love my cairns 1010 and still to this day have it in service. Thanks

Brandon V. Stockdale, OH

This happened to a friend of mine years ago he was doing search and rescue in a two story home when a large piece of the ceiling that was on fire fell right on his head if it wasn't for the Cairns helmet he could have be killed or injured very badly.

Skylar M. Granville, WV

On 12/4/10 The Brookhaven VFD was toned to a reported structure fire. E-122 arrived on scene with heavy smoke showing, another firefighter and myself made entry as we were fighting the fire we heard something as the drop ceiling with double drywall came down on top of us, dropping both of us and another firefighter to the ground, none of us were hurt thanks to my cairns N5A New Yorker http://www.granvillevfd.com/fullstory.php?122852

Mark R. Cypress, TX

I have been a Firefighter for 20 years this year. My son, Eric Rodriguez, 20, became a full time Firefighter in April 2010. As we always worry about our children, as a Firefighter, I must depend on PPE to help me take care of my son. I know that some things are just out of our control. We lost our daughter Lil Krysta Rodriguez, 22, to a Drunk Driver on 2-11-2010. If there was only PPE we could get for her other than a "Be Careful" every day and look out for other people. Eric was involved in a single story total roof collapse on 1-13-2011. He took his crew of three in on an attack and two minutes into the house, the center gave way trapping my son face down for two to three minutes. His crew witnessed the collapse and called for him with no response. Eric was able to pull his self up and exit the structure with his crew to re-group. They went back in to finish to job. My point is this, our family found out first hand that his PPE did its job, Thank you, Mark Rodriguez and Krystas Karing Angels

Eric D. Weston, WV

On a recent fire scene myself and my partner entered a burning single wide trailer fire, and made our way down the hallway towards the bedroom where the occupants were supposed to be located. The single wide was fully engulfed on this end of the residence but with confirmed entrapment we tried to make a rescue attempt. As we made our way down the hallway the fire was really getting hotter and the debris kept falling down on our helmets. Both of us were wearing Cairns N5A New Yorker helmets. Another firefighter from a mutual aid department came to back us up and he was wearing a Ben 2 plus helmet. After the search came up with no occupants at the residence we made our way back outside. Upon inspection of our helmets outside the Ben 2 plus helmet was melted in a few places and the Cairns N5A New Yorkers held up very well with just minor blistering on our stickers. Both of our helmets have the PBI earflaps and they really hold the heat off your ears and facial areas. Thanks for designing such a great and comfortable fitting helmet. Its worth the extra buck for a GREAT Helmet. - Eric Dever

Ryan S. Kamiah, ID

Hello, I am a 2nd generation fireman and listening to my grandfather tell stories i picked up on this one about a year ago. They were at a hotel fire in Sparks Nevada where my grandfather was raised and one night they were called out for a fire at I believe it was The Marks Hotel. When they arrived it was fully engulfed and so they positioned 2 snorkel trucks on the North side with monitors to keep the blaze down. At the time my grandfather was a captain and he and his engine company were stationed on the opposite side and were for 6 hours operating a hotel loop with a great torrent of water raining down on them from the monitors on the opposite side. There was a picture taken, which I do not have access to at this time, which ran in the local newspaper which showed my grandfather and his crew in the middle of what looked like a waterfall and the water was hitting them so hard, my grandfather told me, that if he had not had his helmet that he would have most likely been bald by the end of it. My grandfather served under that helmet and came to be captain 2 years later serving for another 10 then they moved and finally came to rest here in Kamiah. Listening to his stories is what inspired me to become a fireman and I hope to serve many years under my own helmet.

Jeffrey M. Oriskany, NY

On a late fall day in 2007, the village of Oriskany experienced a wind storm with winds of 40-60 miles per hour. Multiple trees and wires were down across our fire district. As I was directing traffic around one downed tree, a 3-inch diameter limb fell and struck me on the head. Luckily I was wearing my Cairns 1010 helmet, which saved me from getting seriously injured. I was transported to the hospital, diagnosed with only a slight concussion. Thanks Cairns. - Chief Jeffrey J. Midlam (Oriskany Fire Dept.)

Jason M. North Chili, NY

We were responding for a basement fire in Clarendon NY. at the time i was with the Holley fire Department.. Report of smoke coming from the windows so we doubled timed it..I was packing up in the back along with some of my other brothers when we heard on the radio.. "Holley 31 the intersection is clear". So we knew fire police had the intersection. The driver not realizing the intersection had a very big Crown in the middle of the adjacent road.. proceeded to continue at the at speed...At what still not sure. When going threw this intersection we were told by fire police that ALL TIRES were off the ground at least 3 feet.. Now me being in back packing up as we Jumped the intersection..My Cairns 1010 was on my head THANK GOD. My head hit the roof of the truck so hard it Took my eagle and bent it over crushing it. If i wouldn't of had that helmet on i would have had a serious head injury. Your guys and girls make a great product I have had My 1010 For about 9 Yrs and would never think of owning anything different.

Adam G. Belton, SC

Back in 2006, our department was dispatched to a commercial structure fire at our local flea market not even a half mile from our station. Upon arrival we found a restaurant well involved and a few exposures being threatened. Myself and a fellow firefighter made entry into the restaurant to find the kitchen in the rear to be fully involved. As we made our way through the front, we slid and fell due to grease and water on the floor. My chin strap on my Cairns 1010 was not as tight as I thought it was and my helmet came off. As we picked ourselves up, we straightened out our stuff, including my helmet, and proceeded to the seat of the fire. We didn't make four steps and we had a huge light fixture and more debris fall right on our heads. We didn't have a scratch on us. I was amazed on how it protected us. It was almost as if nothing fell on us. We were able to extinguish the fire and no other damage was done. Thanks for designing and constructing such a great helmet.

Dave O. Mckeesport, PA

While fighting a fire at another Fire dept. station hot tar from the roof came through the ceiling and was hitting the top of my helmet and I had no idea this was going on. It wasn't until we were outside that we discovered what had happened and the fact that I never felt the heat from the tar on my head.

Matthew H. Lewisburg, PA

I was working on Engine Co. 3 of Havelock Fire&Rescue N.C. when we were at Cherry Point Marine Base. We were dispatched as Mutual Aid. After working on the alarm for a few hours. Crews were in the structure working. When Myself and another Firefighter (Robert Hanson) were on the Second division on the alpha side. When we were in a room. Then an aerial truck put its bucket up on the alpha. When it open it buckets pipes and put it through the window in the room. Which Myself and FF Hanson were in. The main stream hit me and blow me into the wall. I was pinned into the wall. Where I worked to get my PASS set off. Which alerted FF Hanson. I was removed and transported to Craven Regional Hospital. The comment was made that is was a good thing that I had a Leather helmet on the remained on my head during the incident. Havelock Newspaper, New Bern Times, Thank You for your Time Matthew J. Harrison FF/Engineer

Roger F. Noblesville, IN

We were assisting another local fire department on a residence fire. Upon our arrival we found a one-story pre-fab home fully engulfed in flames. When we went to do overhaul we were pulling ceilings and hitting hot spots that were left in the house. A fellow firefighter was pulling ceilings to look for a hot spot when a whole piece of sheet rock came down on my head. I was wearing my cairns 1010 model helmet that I purchased in 1998. it protected my head as it has done so many times before. I have used other helmets before and keep going back to Cairns I like the way they fit and the protection is superior to any other one I have used.

Codi D. Haines City, FL

I had a partial roof collapse and cracked my Cairns helmet. I was ok thanks to the well engineered Cairns I was wearing. Words can not express the gratitude that I have. Thanks, Codi Donahoe

Aaron W. Camden, OH

Cairns Helmets saved me on My Very first structure fire. I went in with a fellow fireman we were fighting the fire from the kitchen when the other fireman got a hot amber down his back by the time i realized he was gone the drywall and some wood from the ceiling fell right on my helmet which saved me from the wood impelling me or some serious burns to my head and neck region. So Thank you Cairns for saving my Life.....

Bryan M. Webster, NY

i currently have a department issued Cairns 1010 model helmet, and one cold night in january sitting around the fire house with a couple other guys we got an ems call, we quickly jumped in the rescue and took off, while returning from the ems call we were called to the possible house fire on east main street, we pulled into the fire house and jumped onto the engine company. we pulled up to a 2 1/2 story older wood frame home smoke from the front door and heavy fire from the rear of the structure, we stretched an 1 3/4 hand line through the front door and were met with intense heat and fire beginning to lick up the stairs, we enter the back room and began to attack the seat of the fire in the rear, the next engine grabbed the back up line and proceeded straight up the stairs where the fire was beginning to advance, as the crew went up the stairs and was met with a great deal of heat, they didn't know that the 2nd floor had flashed just before they arrived, and the ceiling was begin to break apart, i remember as we handed the hand line off to another back up crew, we all met outside to rehab and change bottles, my fellow company member whom was on the back up line came up to talk to us his brand new N5A New Yorker in hand but it didn't look as it did a month before when he received it for christmas, the brass eagle was bent and disfigured the helmet cracked and charred, he explained to us that pieces of the ceiling began to fall on him and his crew, while we all got a bit of smoke on our helmets we were astonished that his helmet looked the way it did and that he was completely unscathed. to this day that company member still wears that same N5A, proudly and is very open to telling his story.

Bill C. Freeville , NY

I have used cairns helmets for 30 years, my first one was a yellow 770 Philadelphian, then after ten years went to the 660C Metro in black, those two helmets with face shield saw many structure fires with debris falling on my head many times, and the face shield protected my eyes from broken glass at structure fires and motor vehicle wrecks. I now wear a Cairns 1044 white with face shield, and must honestly say that i have tried on other brands of helmets, but always use the cairns for quality and comfort.

Rick A. Wellington, PE

At a structure fire, we were exiting the building as a piece of the ceiling fell and hit me in the head. The Cairns helmet saved me from injury.



Matt J. Somerset, MA

I've been wearing a Cairns since I entered the fire service 12 years ago. I've whacked my head many times in many situations, but I've never had a head injury due to the superior protection offered by the Cairns helmet. Thanks for a great product.

Mike E. West Mifflin, PA

We had a well off house fire with possible entrapment. My crew stretched an attack line and began entry into the building. Approximately 15' into the building a large beam fell striking me in the head. I truly believe that if I had not been wearing my Cairns 1010 then I would have been injured, or worse, killed.

Jimmy C. Aurora, TX

me and my crew were pulling ceiling in an apartment fire to gain access so that we could attack the fire. we had just begun and had opened up a hole large enough to see the glow above us when a large section of the ceiling collapsed. we were all knocked to the ground and buried. fortunately we were all able to uncover and begin fighting the fire. We were all wearing our Cairns helmets preventing us from sustaining any serious injury.

Web M. Milledgeville , GA

I have been wearing Cairns Helmets for my entire career. I have been on the job since 1970. Regardless of the situation whether it is in training, live fire, or on a call, my Cairns Helmets have sustained high heat, ceiling material and superheated water falling on top of me, and glass and metal rebounding during extrication situations. My Cairns helmets have saved me from head and facial injury on a regular basis . So whether I win a new Cairns helmet or not, is academic, because I am already a winner...every time I return from safely from a call . Thanks Cairns/MSA . P.S. I own and have worn the Topguard, Cairns 880, 881, Classic 1000, Sam Houston, and currently the Cairns 1010. Your helmets are like the Timex watch, they take a beating and keep on protecting .

Donald L. Catawissa, PA

I was exiting a second floor fire via an interior stairway. I exited the building and was struck across the top of my N5A New Yorker with a three foot piece of burning wooden soffit. My partner had removed his scba facepiece and had a piece of burning lath stuck in his nomex hood. I was able to grab it and save him from further burns. Had I not been wearing a quality helmet I would have been injured to the point I would not have been able to aid him resulting in more serious burns. We both recovered from our burns and continue to protect our town today.

Tom G. Bedford, NH

I was placing salvage covers on a second floor in a bedroom when the ceiling collapsed from the weight or water during the fire operations. I was knocked into an open closet by the ceiling. My N5A New Yorker helmet saved me from being knocked out and trapped by the debris. I was shaken up and pretty sore and my helmet has shown the damage but surely saved me from allot of physical pain. My helmet has been caught in the wheel well of a truck tire and more but still keeps my head safe!

Adam J. Havelock, NC

Adam J. Havelock, NC Dalton F.D. 2000-2007/ USMC - 2007-present

In January of 2007, a few months before I left Dalton F.D. for Marine Corps boot camp, we had a fire at Columbia Recycling. One of my assignments was for me and my partner to go into a part of the building that had not suffered as much damage from the fire and try to hit hotspots with a 2 1/2" handline. While in there we were bombarded by burning debris and large pieces of wood that could have caused serious gashes or even a fracture. Fortunately we had our Cairns 1010s and they protected our heads without so much as one bad scratch. http://daltondailycitizen.com/local/x488799955/Fire-ravages-recycling-plant

Matthew P. Winchester, VA

back when i was in the fire academy i had a cairns helmet and i had 3 wood pallets fall on my head and it held up also when i was in the fire academy i was being lifted up through a roof hatch on the burn building and my helmet hit the bottom of the roof next too the hole and it didn't crack also that helmet has gotten burnt real real bad the last training burn we had and it held up its structure and all that was wrong with it was the scotch light was melted.

Scott K. Hightstown, NJ

A few months back we had a house fire in our local. I was on the nozzle of the first line in the structure. Fire was in the upstairs bed room on the Alpha side of the building. Myself and the Lieutenant ( who was my back up man) mad enter. about halfway up the stair we were met with black smoke and alot of heat, banking us down to the ground. As I made it to the landing of the second floor we found fire to the left of the stairs in the front bedroom. We called for water and as the line was charged the sheetrock that was placed over the plaster and latthe began to fall on both of our heads. At first I thought someone else on the team was pulling the ceiling on me but after watching it fall in other places in the room i realized what was happening. We knock the fire down and began overhaul. After going to rehab one of the guys said something to about my helmet. I looked down at it and realized the paint on the top of it was cracked and a piece of paint was missing from it. Nothing else was wrong with the helmet and i got luck that i had such a great helmet to protect me. Althought I do not have a picture due to having to place paint back on the helmet per my chiefs request, i figured that Cairns would like to here my story. I have two new yorkers, a 1010 and have friends that have nothing but Cairns. I do not never see purchasing another interior structure other then one that has a Cairns name on it.

Steven S. Dayton, OH

When I was active.. Our dept wore Cairns 1010 helmets. We went on a mutual aid call to a rural area. Myself and one other Fire Fighter was the 5th engine in. 1 story house with attic fully involved and just broke through the roof. My partner and myself pulled the "2nd" attack line... 300' 1-3/4" hose and made entry into the rear of this house. Crews were pulling ceiling in the kitchen area but not in the living room area where the fire was bowing the ceiling. This was one of those "Stand Up" operations.. I took my hose line and was making my own hole to be able to get a ladder into the attic and put this thing out. The fire load in the area above my head was heavy due to the family storing items in the attic above where I was working... Next thing I know is almost the whole room fell in on me! Not my partner or anyone else just on me! The debris knocked me flat down ringing my bell pretty good. I got up and our crew went outside. I went back to the house, after a air bottle change and just as I was about to enter and the porch roof collapsed on me...Panel board and shingles... Again knocking me flat. Command wanted to send me to the hospital and I refused... The helmet took 2 heavy blows and stood its ground...no cracks, no divots, just discolored the paint abit and breaking the plastic clear shield. I still have that helmet in my small collections but I have to admit...This helmet took a beating that day and thanks to it I have no injuries or neck problems from that fire. Thanks to Cairns they made a great helmet that gave me the protection I needed. Sorry no photo but I was kinda busy fighting the fire at the time!

Mike D. Greenwood Lake, NY

I have been wearing Cairns helmets ever since i have joined the fire department. They are a reliable helmet and i wouldn't go with any other brand helmet. Besides the comfort, there durable, and the eye protection on them are amazing, either its with the bourke shields, goggles or the defender drop down shield. During last winter of 2009 i was at a working structure fire, and as i was approaching the front door, a piece of the wood over hang burnt off and dropped down. Thank god i had my cairns helmet on because the fall of the wood hit my helmet, causing no injury to me and the helmet was still in great condition. Never had a complaint when it came to Cairn fire helmets, and i was glad to be wearing a Cairns Helmet that day!

Cody P. Canton, NC

It was a 2 o'clock in the morning early residential structure fire. A two story home with flames and heavy smoke showing from the second floor upon arrival. All occupants had made it safely out of the residence. I was the lead man on the initial two man attack team. We made our entry on the first floor through the front door and started our way up the stairs leading to the second floor. About the time we made it to the first landing to make a 90 degree turn to proceeded up the last 6 steps, an upstairs window busted causing the second floor to flash and come pouring down the stair well. When this occurred it also brought wall members and roofing joist down the stair well, striking me in the head. I was grateful to have had on my Cairns 1010 helmet to protect me from the falling debris. The helmet held up extremely well and has since been retired. But I am proud to say that we use Cairns station wide now for there dependability and just over all great products. Thanks, Captain Cody Parton

mike b. des plaines, IL

My leather helmet not only saved my head from falling ceiling, but also allowed me to smash out the interior windows so we could get relief from the smoke & heat.

Travis M. Hyde Park, NY

Everyday in the fire service, there are a lot of injuries and a lot of close calls. The helmet is not going to catch everything, but it will catch a lot. Our helmets tell our stories, reflect our traditions, and our values. Each mark, dent, discoloration is my legacy. My helmet knows all that I encounter and stands by me at all times. Look at each helmet and at the man to which it belongs, then tell me which speaks louder.

James B. College Station, TX

From the mid 70's until now I have used a Cairns helmet. At first the plastic type of various types. I now use a leather helmet, starting in the early 80's. Sometime in the late 70's I was working a house fire, a large timber fell across my head and shoulders. The Cairns helmet cracked in a few places. However, other than a sore neck, I was fine. I feel the Cairns helmet saved my life that day.

Mark H. Huber Heights , OH

While on a working fire there was a partial collapse of the front porch which landed on one of my crew members. Because he was wearing his helmet he was ok, without it he could have been very seriously hurt.

John F. Englewood, FL

At my first structure fire in 1974 I was back up to the knob when a beam fell from the basement ceiling and nailed me in the head. The leather took the brunt of the blow and I came out of it without even a headache. My partner on the knob got it on the shoulder and broke his shoulder blade. This is one reason why I just bought a new N6A Houston when I decided to make a return to the fire service.

Ronald M. Schenectady, NY

On February 12, 1995, I was assigned to a rescue company, Rescue-3. We were dispatched to a fully involved attic fire at a 2 1/2 story wood frame residence. The roof had collapsed prior to our arrival and we were sent to search the building for any occupants. My partner and I made our way through the first and second floors without finding anyone. We went to the attic which was now 3/4 open space. The fire was out at this time and we were standing in a group waiting for our next assignment. My officer said we would go down and get some tools and help with overhaul. I remember looking up at the moon and seeing a bright halo around it due to the condensation in my SCBA mask. ( At the time we did not have nose cups in our facepieces, but did shortly thereafter.) When we went to go down from the attic, I was feeling my way over slate shingles and other debris. The next thing I remember was waking up in the hospital ER, in severe pain, extremely hard to breathe, in a scene of chaos. I found out I fell from the attic space approximately 30' onto a blacktop driveway, landing on my right side. My fire helmet, a Cairns 660C Metro protected me from serious head trauma due to the foam cap inside. The brim on the entire right side was laid flat against the side of my head, which absorbed some of the energy as well as protecting that side. The right side of the helmet was cracked and deeply scratched, the inner foam cap was cracked. I received 18 fractures involving my ribs, right wrist, right ankle, minor fractured skull, and minor pneumothorax. (Small tear in my right lung.) I firmly believe that along with my full PPE, your helmet helped to save my life that day and 15 years later I am still working as a firefighter with 23 years on the job. Keep up the good work and continue making the best helmet in the fire service. With all respect and gratitude, Captain Ronald Maslanka

Joseph M. Stephenville, TX

On Sept. 11 2010 I was at home watching episode after episode of the twin towers tragedy and answering questions from my wife on what it feels like to be in a burning building. We watched this for a couple of hours when my pager went off at 11:00 am for a house fire near the county line. I kissed my wife good bye and headed to the station. I got to the station and jumped in the truck with a fellow fire fighter and good friend and we rushed to the scene. when we got there one crew was making entry at the front of the house and our Chief instructed us to go make entry at the rear. We made entry in the rear and started fighting the fire visibility was zero except for the glowing haze of the fire. We kept checking the walls and floor (pier and beam house) for stabilization. We were probably in the house for 3 minutes when all the sudden a big chunk of the roof came down and it both of us in the head. We abandoned the interior attack and went exterior. When we got out side we checked our helmets, a piece of ceiling was still on mine and they were both dinged and scratched a little but still in good shape. If it hadn't been for my Cairns helmet things could have been different. Thank you so much for making such a good product.

Frank B. Marietta, GA

On April 16 2001, at 01:00 am we were dispatched on a house fire the fire was inside on the second floor the first arriving company arrived to find heavy fire coming from a room on the second floor. When my company arrived command advised us that there was someone trapped on the second floor on the c-side of the house and we needed to find the victim we advanced to the second floor attempting to locate the victim when some part of the roof collapsed on us we were all wearing our gear but one of my guys was wearing his Cairns leather helmet when it fell and hit him knocking him to the floor we were able to pull him free and continue on with our search and found the victim. After all of that he came to us outside and if it wasn't for his Cairns leather he would have more than likely broke his neck. Myself was wearing a Cairns 1010 but now i think if i had one like that i would have more confidence and be safer than if i was wearing something else.

Casey Q. Rohnert Park, CA

I was on a scene of a vehicle extrication where I was cutting the door off with our extrication tools, when as i popped the front drivers door off a piece of metal shot off and stuck into my N6A Sam Houston. It was literally embedded into my helmet. If my N6A Houston was not on for some reason it would have done serious damage to my head. Thanks MSA/Cairns

Daniel W. Winston Salem, NC

I was doing overhaul and a piece of burnt 2x4 fell from the ceiling and hit me on top of my head, thankfully for my Cairns 1010, it didn't even hurt.



Dustin W. Hayden, CO

On a structure fire in an old house while the department training officer was making entry in to the second story of wood frame house the brick chimney fell on the fire fighter, knocking him down the stairs. The firefighter was protected from head injuries by his use of a Cairns 1010 helmet.

Adam N. Springfield , MO

Adam N. Springfield , MO Nixa Fire Protection District

Last year we responded to an abandoned motel fire located in a neighboring district we arrived very quickly and found heavy fire involved about 50% of the building. We were working under an overhang, as you can tell from the picture we were being pretty aggressive with our attack. While pulling ceiling and checking how far the fire had advanced in the ceiling a large chunk of the ceiling fell striking me in the head. Had it not been for my leather N5A New Yorker helmet and cairns suspension system I believe I would have suffered a severe head and neck injury. I have been in a leather helmet most of my career and will never wear another helmet than Cairns. You make the best helmets in the world and a symbol of the fire service, happy birthday and thanks for a great helmet. Thanks Battalion Chief Adam Neff Nixa Fire Protection District (I’m the one on the far right in a half squat)

Jordan B. Clarkston, MI

I was working for Dallas fire rescue at the time, and i was in my probabtion year before i would have headed off to paramedic school. Where i was stationed we had a lot of working fires. The helmets that we were issued saved my head many of times from falling debris, plaster and drywall. But one time will stick in my head forever, we were at a residential fire with fire in the attack, we were the first unit onscene and reported out with lots of fire and smoke. I didn't have the line that day, because i was assigned to pull the ceiling so we could get to the attic. As we entered into the building i could feel the heat through my turnouts, and i knew i was going to be in for it once i stood up to start pulling. When i got up to stand and start pulling, i started to hear some creaking and thought nothing of it, but then it was to late. Next thing I knew my crew and i were buried in debris, wood, drywall and ton of stuff that was being stored up in the attic. We were able to self extricate and with the assistance of another crew we were able to put the fire out. The amazing thing though was when I got back out to the fire engine and I looked at my helmet. The whole back side was caved in right down to the impact cap and I knew right then that i was extremely lucky to have a cairns on top of my head. I want to thank MSA and Cairns for the wonderful product that you make, that saved my head and let me go back to my family that day.

Martin F. Martinsville, VA

I started my fire service in Delaware back in 1974 at the age of 20. My fire school training was taken at the Delaware State Fire School in Dover, Delaware. Back when I started we wore long coats and hip boots and big orange rubber gloves. We also rode on the back of the fire trucks trying to fasten our coats as we were going down the road to the fire. It was back in the early 80's around 1983 that a Carins helmet saved my life. It was early one morning that we were alerted for a house fire just down the street from where we were living at the time. As I ran out the door of our house I could see flames coming from the house down the street. I proceeded to the station grabbed my bunker gear and jumped on the ladder trucked. When we arrived on the scene I came off the truck with a hose line and proceeded to the front door, after the line was charged I proceeded in the front door and made my way to the center of the room where the fire was rolling up the wall and across the celing. When I attacked the fire the ceiling fell down on top of me knocking me to the floor and knocking off my helmet. After returning from the hospital a few hours later I was handed my helmet and told not to use it . Upon looking at it I saw a crack that wasn't there before the fire. That helmet was taken out of service and still hangs on my wall today. I bought that helmet back in 1975 or 76 because back then if we wanted bunker coats and pants and different helmets than what the fire company provided we had to buy them. O by the way that helmet was Carins Philadelphia. I have been on many different vol. companies over the years since then because I am a pastor and my family has moved alot since 1984. I will wear no other helmet than a Carins helmet for I believe that they are best you can buy. I have always wanted a leather helmet to wear but could never afford one. To me there's nothing like a leather New Yorker or Sam Houston. The company that I am on now uses the Carins 1010's. The fire service has been a big part of my life for the past 36 years and will continue to be as long as I live. Thank you for your dedication in providing the best in fire fighting protection we can wear.

Jason R. Monroe Center, IL

i don't have any photos for this sorry although I'm sure many people would have found it humerous to have some. Anyhow It is our dept. policy to always wear turnout gear on vehicle accidents, we dont' have seperate gear for structure fire and rescues so its always the same gear and hey when the temp is 30 degrees below Zero in the middle of Illinois Winter and you're standing in the middle of a snow and ice covered interstate you appreciate that extra layer. Well we were working a two vehicle accident, one lost control on the ice and struck the other and it just became a mess as anybody that has worked in ice/snow can I'm sure attest to, well EMS determined that the one patient needed to be air lifted so we requested one of the local Helicpoters and all was going as normal, just taking a little extra time due to the weather conditions. We got the patient packaged and staged in the ambulance where it was warmer, then once the bird was down we transfered from Ambulance, well in this scenario we were needed to assist the flight crew with loading the patient and thus we walked the patient on the gurney with the flight medic towards the bird, I'd learned before that you best have everything tied down, that means helmet, gloves everything or you'll be chasing it especially since we were doing a hot load (Helicopter is still powered up and blades spinning opposed to being shut down). well all was going good we were just about to move the patient to the helicpoters bed and load when the next thing I knew my feet went one direction and the rest of my body went the other and I was staring up at the sky. Aside from the fact that obviously free-falling to the ground kind stung , my head was ringing too because I felt when I went down the back of my head struck the ice strewn pavement beneath me. Thankfully though I did have my helmet on because I hit hard enough that it actually knocked the helmet off my head when the back of it contacted the pavement. Never really figured out why but the best guess we had was the combination of blowing winds and the churning helicopter blades just added to the slippery pavement. Anyhow I thank Cairns/MSA for the quality of their helmets because if I hadn't had one on, or it had been of sub standard quality that could have severly hurt my head from that impact. thanks MSA

Tom H. Elida, OH

Tom H. Elida, OH American Township Fire

Several years ago me and my team was making are way in to a apartment fire to try to save a women on the 2nd. floor when the ceiling came down on my head. With out my Cairns MSA Helment I might not be here today! Thank you.

Matt M. Cambrdge , MA

Matt M. Cambrdge , MA Cambridge, MA Fire Department

We responded to a pull station activation as a result of burnt food in a teen center attached to a public elementary school. We located the pull and found it to be in the gym area. Before we could fully reset the system, unknown to us the kids were allowed back in the building and almost immediately started playing basketball. Within 30 seconds I was struck in the head with a high speed flying ball. Fortunately, I was wearing my Cairns N5A New Yorker, and hardly felt a thing. Although, not the most thrilling of firefighting stories, it goes to prove the point that you will never know what is going to happen on this job.

Tim G. Loudonville, NY

While fighting a attic fire, which was caused by lightning that had struck the house, I was wearing my Cairns 1010 helmet. While taking down the sheetrock of the ceiling, a large object fell through the ceiling. This large object fell on top of my helmet and rolled off the top of my helmet and fell beside my right boot. Looked down and found out it was a 6 lb. flathead ax that fell from the hands of one of the firefighters with the ventilation team doing a roof cut. I credit my life safety to the Cairns helmet, which didn't fail during the impact nor did I receive any injury from the impact. Thank you to Cairns and it's many years of service to protecting America's firefighters.

James K. Cuba, NY

in january 26, 2009 the cuba fire dept was toned to report of a structure fire in a residence it was said to be possible intrapment. at the time i was the 2nd. luiet. and responded to the scene as the call was up the road from my residence. when i arrived on scene there was heavy smoke showing from rear of the house. a neighbor stated that they thought that somebody was still in the house,so my self and a shrieff depty went in the house to check for the resdent, and to find out that she had made out a back door to safty. while during the mop up stage of the the incident i was the officer in charge and was on the front porch at the door. i had crew working on the stairs when i decided that it was getting unsafe conditions and started to pull the crew out and as they were coming douwn the stairs the second floor ceiling gave way and collapesd on top of us. one fighter was total coverd in debri and i was coverd up to my hips with debri and the other two fire fighters had fallen down the stairs. i was able to free myself and pull the fire fighter that was buried out and the other two where able to romove them selves. i recived burns to my airway and lungs and was in the burn unit for 10 days the fire fighter that was buied had a broken leg and the other two fire fighters had some cuts nd bump and brusing

Cole B. Northumberland, PA

One day at a training we were working with a 2 and a half inch hand-line and my cairns helmet saved me a nasty concussion. The front man lost the nozzle and it swung around and hit me in the head knocking me over completely. MY helmet saved me from a horrible injury that could have went extremely bad. I love your helmets and your company and hopefully i can win myself a new wonderfully crafted helmet.

Philip H. Dupo, IL

Philip H. Dupo, IL Dupo Fire Protection Dist.

We were responding to a Structure Fire. As we were pulling drywall and insulation from the ceiling the whole sheet fell on my head. Thanks to my Cairns Helmet I was perfectly fine walked out without a scratch.

Cameron P. Amelia, OH

Cairns helmets have saved a member of our fire department. A firefighter was hit by a vehicle at a car accident, the firefighter was wearing his helmet and when the car hit him his Cairns Helmet stayed on him and when he hit the ground the helmet protected him from impact to his head when he hit the ground.

Rusty L. Pylesville, MD

January 2, 1988 I was wearing a Houston at the scene of a trailer fire. Upon making entry to the fire area, I dropped 14 feet into the basement. It was found later that the trailer had a basement. As I landed on a ditch witch machine with my air pack first my back was broken. I did not injure my head due to the helmet i was wearing. The helmet came off after the impact as well as my face mask. I was surrounded by fire upon landing and the helmet suffered no damage. After the crew found me and got me out, the last thing I made the crews do was find the helmet. It was found and no worse for wear. After I recovered however, I was unable to wear the helmet due to a neck problem. I gave the helmet to one of my friends and he still has it today. Thanks for making such a great product.

Phillip O. Munhall, PA

Phillip O. Munhall, PA Munhall Volunteer Fire Company # 1

Back in the early 1990’s, there was a large fire in a small section of our business district. The building involved was a two story structure that was used for retail space and storage on the second floor. While crews were making their interior attack, they broke open large plate glass windows in the front of the building for ventilation. By doing so, the glass fell down onto the sidewalk below where the incident commander was standing. A large section of glass hit him on the top of his helmet creating a huge gash. Without his Cairns helmet, he would have possibly suffered a life threading injury. The picture attached was taken moments before the glass fell down on top of the incident commanders below.

Sid N. Wichita, KS

At a multi alarm fire a large diameter hose line was charged. It was over pressurized and a gated wye fire appliance struck a member. His helmet was knocked off his head but the impact cap remained. If it wasn't for break away design and impact cap I believe this could have been a serious injury. I am a believer in Cairns helemts!

Paul P. Walden, NY

Paul  P. Walden, NY Walden Fire Department

We were operating at a two story ordinary with fire on the first floor with some extension on the second floor. I was the truck officer that day and working on the second floor conducting ventilation and overhaul. At this time in the department, radios were not always available and communication was always easier to face to face. The Chief in charge was looking for me so I stuck my head out the second floor window to find out what he needed. What they failed to notify me of was that they decided to let one of the mutual companies ventilate the roof, at the same time I stuck my head out the window the mutual aid company threw a 2' x 4' piece of shingled cover plywood off the roof. That piece of plywood hit me square in head good thing for me I had a strong neck and my 660C Metro helmet, I walked away without a scratch and no damage to the Metro. I still have that helmet and use it for rescue operations. I bought that helmet in 1985 and it was my first of many Cairns helmets. The enclosed picture shows me wearing that helmet at one of the many fires I fought wearing it over the years. This photo was taken at a fire in the mid 1990's.

Jim B. North Huntingdon, PA

Jim B. North Huntingdon, PA Circleville VFD

We were dispatched to reported a house. When the first units arrived on scene they confirmed a working house fire. My partner and I made entry and was putting the fire out. then condition change and the decision was made to quite interior attack. As we were backing out I fell throw the floor and my cairns N5A New Yorker saved my life. It stopped debris form hitting me in the head.

Jamie F. Marthasville, MO

I have been a volunteer fire fighter for 24 years and a career fire fighter for 17 years. Both jobs I rely on my Cairns 1010 helmet to get me back home in one piece!!! While working a structure fire about three years ago is where I learned how important it was to have a high quality helmet protecting me instead of a 'Bargain Brand". While pulling ceilings during overhaul operations I hooked some storage items in the attic space and had a World War Two bayonet in its sheath fall down and clock me on my helmet and knock out a chunk of my helmet. It also rang my bell but with the helmets suspension system taking most of the shock I was able to get my stuff together and continue doing my job. I am a firm believer in your product like all the rest of my fellow fire fighters here at Cottleville Fire Protection District in Missouri.

Preston R. Sale Creek, TN

I am currently the owner of two Cairns helmets, one 1010 and one 1044. I have always wore Ben 2's until a close friend of mine was involved in a line of duty death. He is one of the chiefs of a neighboring department and made an attempt to save the firefighter that was killed in the line of duty when the floor he was on collapsed into the burning basement. My friend, the chief, risked his own life to attempt to pull the firefighter to safety but was unsuccessful. He suffered severe burns to his ears but the rest of his head was saved thanks to a Cairns. This event lead me to buy my 1010 and I was so impressed with it I bought the 1044. I stand behind Cairns 100% and recommend them to everyone.

Daniel W. Purlear, NC

Daniel W. Purlear, NC Millers Creek Fire Department

A member of our department, who was a captain at the time, was healing a ladder for a crew to come off the roof of a structure. One of the crew members on the roof was lowering a roof ladder and let the rope slip. The roof ladder struck the captain in the head and nearly knocked him out but thanks to his Cairns 1044 he suffered no serious injuries.

Jason K. Whiteland, IN

Jason K. Whiteland, IN Whiteland Volunteer Fire Department

One day after a strong storm system had started a house fire. I had just bought my new Cairns 1010 helmet 4 days prior due to me being promoted to department safety officer and due to the fact that our department was in need of updating all of our outdated helmets that we had. The house fire was on the border of our area and we were called in as a 3rd due engine company. That day I was the officer on the engine due to the fact that the line officer was out of service. My company made it onto the scene and was order to relive the teams on the inside. Most of the fire had been knocked down but due to the home being a large home with many add-ons we had fire hiding in many places. My team had came out and switched our bottles when command had us go and do overhaul of the master bedroom. While in the room then 2 of my firefighters were on the line hitting hots spots when me and my engineer were in a walk in closet just inside the master bedroom. we were pulling the ceiling down when all of a sudden the ceiling came crashing down on top of myself and my engineer. We were pulled from the area very fast due to our other team members being right there. If we did not have our new Cairns helmets then its hard telling what would have happened to us. I still have that helmet today to remind me of my close call. But mostly a few days after that happened then my first child was born. The helmet saved my life and my team's life. And for that I am thankful but grateful that you have built a helmet that allowed me to say i survived. The photo that I am sending with this is that of me and my first born Bryce. I am wearing the helmet that saved my life.

Neal B. Murfreesboro , TN

Neal  B. Murfreesboro , TN Lascassas Volunteer Fire Dept.

I have been wearing Cairns helmets since day one in the fire service. Cairns is the best helmet around in my book. I have had a few close calls in my fire service career and I know for a fact that if not for my Cairns 1010 I would've sustained serious injury or worse. During winter 2009, I found myself operating at a house fire early in the morning. My partner and myself proceeded into the rear of the house to locate the fire. While operating inside the house a support beam from the ceiling collapsed forcing the weight of the beam and ceiling directly down on my partner and myself striking both of us directly in the head and shoulders. I firmly believe that if it had not been for my helmet and it being as durable as it is I would have suffered from a head injury or worse. Both my partner and myself both escaped this close call with no injuries and my helmet was still serviceable . This is the reason that I swear by Cairns helmets and recommend any Cairns helmet to all fellow firefighters in the market for a good helmet.

Craig H. Orrville, OH

Craig  H. Orrville, OH Orrville Fire Department

It was my first working structure fire on the job I was riding as a proby on the first out engine, in the hydrant position. It was a rural garage fire, en-route to the scene the firefighter in the attack position turned on his air pack and realized that his tank was empty! I was automatically placed into his attack position by our assistant chief on the engine! arriving on scene we had a well involved garage fire, I pulled the nozzle off the engine, tossed it over my shoulder, put my head down and proceeded to advance the line. Moving at a good rate I ran head first in to a utility pole! I hit the pole so hard it knocked me back onto my rear and my helmet was knocked off my head! After shaking off the blow I proceeded to put my helmet back on and extinguish the structure. Had I not been wearing my Cairns 1044 I would probably still be seeing stars! I have since been wearing that same helmet for the last four years, and i love it! Well done Cairns thank you!!

Chris F. Pittsfield, ME

My Cairns 1010 helmet that i purchased on The Fire Store website has saved my life more then once since i bought it. I responded to a fully involved structure fire in the winter of 2006 in my response district at a 2 1/2 story wood frame structure. Roughly 30 mins into the scene, a portion of the second floor gave way, landing on myself and partially my partner as well. Most of the floor landed on my head, if not for my cairns 1010 helmet, i may have suffered more injury then i did. So thank god for cairns helmets being so sound and well built. Keep up the good work folks!!!!!!

Shawn M. Pittsburgh, PA

Shawn M. Pittsburgh, PA Seneca Area Emergency Services/Mount Troy VFC

At the time of this incident I was a Firefighter/ Safety Officer with Etna VFD. We were on a daylight structure fire in Millvale Borough, after a great Blitz attack by the Millvale guys, Myself and another Etna Firefighter Darius Allman were in the building doing some overhaul and checking hot spots. We were in opposite corners of the room starting to pull some ceiling when the entire ceiling came down on top of us. Thanks to the Cairns 1010's that we were both wearing, instead of being rushed off to the hospital with serious injuries, we were both able to walk outside on our own and laugh about the incident. We Still laugh about it to this day.