Cairns 1044 Helmet, White, NFPA, OSHA
Cairns 1044 Helmet, White, NFPA, OSHA

Cairns 1044 Helmet, White, NFPA, OSHA

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  • Tough, through color, DuraGlass® fiberglass and high-temp resin composite resists cracking and chipping
  • Perfect combination of durability and performance in a lightweight design
  • Three-position, rear-ratchet height adjustment ensures a secure and comfortable fit
  • Six-way overhead strap suspension system reduces shock transmission at the top of the helmet while providing a snug, comfortable fit
  • NFPA-1971-2018 Compliant

Cairns 1044: All the design features and proven performance of the popular Cairns 1010 traditional Cairns helmet on which it was based. But the Cairns 1044 sports a rugged matte finish that echoes the quiet confidence of experience. Like the glossy 1010, the newer 1044 offers the proven protection and exceptional durability of Cairns’ DuraGlass fiberglass composite shell. The through-color composite resists chipping and cracking. And because its matte finish isn’t painted, everyday nicks and scratches are harder to see.

Lower profile. Superior balance. Cairns fire helmets have some of the lowest ride-heights in the market. Compare the crown clearance of the Cairns 1044 (or 1010), with its advanced thermal impact cap, to other traditional helmets. The distance from the inside of the Cairns 1044 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.


  • Cairns innovative Defender Visor with a scratch- and thermal-resistant, slightly tinted Tuffshield lens
  • Tough, through color, DuraGlas® fiberglass and high-temp resin composite resists cracking and chipping and provides a perfect combination of durability and performance in a lightweight design.
  • An engineered impact cap of high-temperature rigid urethane foam with an ABS inner liner. Provides advanced thermal, impact, and penetration protection. Designed to increase protection at the sides where it’s needed most.
  • Cairns' six-way overhead strap suspension system reduces shock transmission at the top of the helmet while providing a snug, comfortable fit.
  • Leather (Deluxe) cushion liner removable for washing and upgrading, provides greater ease and comfort.
  • Soft black NOMEX chinstrap with one-hand quick release buckle and postman slide allows quick and easy adjustment.
  • An exclusive SCBA interface front headband adjustment matches the fit of any SCBA mask
  • Three-position, rear-ratchet height adjustment ensures a secure and comfortable fit, with or without SCBA gear, for all head sizes
  • Jumbo earlaps and patented shell release increase neck coverage and protection, all allow easier maintenance.
  • Larger diameter helmet hanger fits on larger hooks and racks.
  • Insurance against Fireground damage with Cairns 5-year shell replacement warranty.

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.

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.

Eye Protection Combinations (Defender Visor with Bourke eyesheild): NFPA-1971-2018 Compliant

Eye Protection Combinations (ESS Goggles with Bourke eyesheild): NFPA Compliant

4”  Tuffshield® Visor. Although it costs you no more than the clear and smoke visor options, we at 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.

1044 brass eagle yellow

Standard Configuration Includes: 
  • Flannel Cushion Liner
  • Black Nomex Earlaps
  • 6" Silk Screened Maltese Cross Front Holder
Deluxe Configuration Includes: 
  • Leather Cushion Liner
  • Flannel Crown Pad
  • Tan PBI/Kevlar Earlaps
  • 6" 3-D Carved Brass Eagle Front Holder
CFR Deluxe Configuration Includes:
  • Aluminized Bonnet with PBI/Kevlar Shroud
  • Nomex Earlaps
  • 6" Carved Eagle Front Holder
 Certified to meet NFPA 1971 Specifications, 2013 Edition for Structural Fire Fighting

Leather fronts sold separately.

 Screws to mount Leather Front M12 & M16 Shield Brackets are not included. Screws are available separately.

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