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Cairns Red 1010 Traditional Fiberglass Helmet, NFPA, OSHA

$394.59 - $555.59
SKU: W-1010-R//Mixed Availability


Traditional composite fiberglass fire helmet with a perfect balance of durability and performance. 

Low profile and superior balance in a classic design. Cairns fire helmets have some of the lowest ride-heights in the market. Compare the crown clearance of the popular Cairns 1010 model, with its advanced thermal impact cap, to other traditional helmets. The distance from the inside of the Cairns 1010 shell to the suspension straps is less than 2-1/2 inches. Most competitive helmets, even those without an impact cap, are actually taller at more than 2-3/4 inches high.

The difference in balance and wear-ability are readily apparent, especially when worn for long periods under the stressful conditions they’re designed for. You can count on these classic, traditional helmets to look good, stay comfortable, and perform dependably—providing the protection you need—for many years of hard use.

MSA's exclusive Defender Visor— Never lose or misplace your eye protection again. There’s no other NFPA compliant helmet eyewear as compact or as convenient. The MSA Defender Visor actually retracts into the helmet’s shell where it stays clean and instantly ready to deploy. Cairns’ unique design allows the visor to be raised and lowered in an instant, even with gloved hands. And don't be concerned about it slipping; the Defender stays securely stowed until YOU pull it down.

It’s optically correct lens eliminates peripheral distortion. Its sleek, close-fitting profile leaves nothing sticking out or hanging off the helmet to get caught on something in zero-visibility conditions or throw the helmet off balance. And maintenance is simple. The visor can be quickly disconnected from the helmet without tools, allowing fast lens changes, even during field use.  Prepare for maximum efficiency.

A sleek, low-profile, NFPA-compliant goggle designed to fit comfortably over most prescription glasses. The high-temperature frame allows fast lens replacement. Patented Speed Clips make strap adjustments easy, even with gloves on. The snap-on/snap-off mounting system consists of simple low-profile posts on the sides of the helmet. Goggles can be used alone or with a faceshield. They can be stored on the front or back of the helmet, or quickly removed, as desired.

Eye Protection Combinations (Goggles with the Bourke eyeshield): NFPA-1971-2018 Compliant

Bourke Eye Shield. Traditional styling with these clear bourke eyeshields.  Bourke eyeshields exceed US-OSHA (CFR 1910) NBSIR-1977.

Note: Images shown are the old bourkes. NEW NFPA bourkes will ship on helmets ordered with bourkes.

4”  Tuffshield® Visor. Although it costs you no more than the clear and smoke visor options, we at TheFireStore.com believe the Tuffshield visor offers distinct advantages. We supply it as the standard equipment visor on all Cairns Traditional and Deluxe Configuration helmets for some very good reasons:  Tuffshield is significantly more heat resistant. The Tuffshield Defender visor is heat-resistant up to 500° F. Other visor materials will start to melt at about 345° Tuffshield is a heavier grade material with more impact resistance. As the name implies, it’s just tougher.

The slight yellowish tint helps you see better, day or night. Like a pair of amber shooting glasses, they filter out harsh wavelengths and glare, improving contrast and revealing more detail under all lighting conditions—including looking at flames.  4” amber Tuffshield visor is compliant with NFPA 1971, 2007 edition. All visors meet ANSI Z87.1+ impact requirements.

Standard Configuration Includes: 
  • Flannel Cushion Liner
  • Nomex Earlaps
  • Silk Screened Maltese Cross Front Holder
Deluxe Configuration Includes:
  • Leather Cushion Liner
  • PBI/Kevlar Earlaps
  • 3-D Carved Brass Eagle 6" Front Holder
  • 6" Leather Fronts are sold seperately
  • Screws to mount Leather Front M12 & M16 Shield Brackets are not included
  • Screws are available separately

Ratings & Reviews

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Very well made helmet!


I am a volunteer firefighter in western PA, this helmet is very durable, although it may not seem that way. I have had it protect from many things such as boots of fellow firefighters when butting ladders, as well as hitting my head on the back of our tower when returning from a call. It is for the most part quite comfortable, however it can be a little bit uncomfortable if you dont fit it right once you get a face piece

Love the 1010!


From my Probationary helmet to my Lieutenant's helmet, I have stuck with the 1010. Very comfortable for me and never had any issues with it.


"Does the Cairns 1010 come with a ratchet size adjustment?"

Yes, all of the Cairns/MSA helmets come with the ratchet

"What is the weight differance between the Cairns 1044 helmet and the 1010 when equally configured?"

They both weigh 56 Oz.

"I went to adjust the rachet in the back so that it didn't sit so far down on my head and I unsnapped the snaps and all of them broke. They're the snaps right about my hear that hold the ratchet to the helmet, what are those called for replacement?"

Kolby, your going to have to give us more information, are you talking about the back of the helmet where there are 3 positions for the ratchet to move it up or down, or are you talking about the left and right side of the helmet where the ratchet snaps into place. There is a bag of 10 clear buttons that are used for installing the suspension, if thats what your talking about we have that. Your best bet will be to call into our call center.

"Will the defender shield cover an SCBA mask?"

Hello ""E"", not real sure we understand what you are asking us, will this cover a SCBA face piece, yes and no? It will come down but not to the point where it will be added face protection, it will hit/touch the mask some place and will interfere with your line of sight. Hope that is what you are looking for

"With the deluxe configuration, can someone from Canada swap out the deluxe carved eagle for the carved beaver instead ?"

Chris, you will have to order the Beaver as a separate line item and install it on your helmet.

"Is there a specific article in NFPA that addresses the use of goggles to be compliant? That one can so the powers to be?"

Hi Cliff, NFPA-1500 (Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Program) talks to the use of eye/face protection. NFPA-1971 addresses the inclusion of eye/face protection as a required component as part of a compliant ensemble.

"how can I get the defender shield in yellow or amber color?"

Our first question to you is do you have a defender helmet now or are you changing it to a defender style?if you have a 1010/1044 with the defender now and you want to change the shield to the amber style you will need this part number MSA-10077118, THIS IS THE REPLACEMENT, TUFF SHIELD. If you are upgrading your 1010 to add the defender shield to your helmet you will need to order this MSA-10077113, both of these items are in stock at the moment, and are the ""Tuff Shield"" and that will = the amber color.

"looking for triple trim orange and silver line tetrahedron on this helmet. Thank you."

Hi DC, you can order this from our web site, use P/N RO89TTR-8, this will do 1 helmet, a new helmet can be ordered with the R/O Triple trim but you might wait anywhere from 4 weeks to several months before you see it, better off buying your Tet's and putting them on yourself.

"I have been looking at purchasing this type of helmet and I have noticed when you pick the goggles and bourkes eye protection it says it's OSHA and not NFPA, but when you read the description at the bottom of the page it says that a combination of goggles and bourkes is NFPA complient. Is that true or false?"

Any combination of eye protection that includes bourkes or bourkes alone are not NFPA compliant. A correction has been made to the product page.