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FFH  Tip 007
Firefighters Helmet History for Damage Control Repair Party Personnel (Rev 120911)



The first generation Firefighter Helmet was described in the March/April 1993 Deckplate article. It was from Cairns Brothers Inc., style “Intruder,” model #990N, NSN 8415-01-271-8069, and was the authorized fire fighting helmet.

 Naval Message 050319ZMAY95, stated “all helmets except the Thermoplastic/Lexan Helmets (NSN 8415-01-039-6000) may continue to be used for fire fighting/damage control until the need for replacement.” This Naval Message superceded the March/April 1993 Deckplate article. The naval message authorized the following helmets:

  • Lion Apparel  P/N LFH3700-N Style 40 Red (NSN 4210-01-271-8069)
  • E.D. Bullard  P/N FXA-1 (NSN 4210-01-493-7428)

In December 2005, Lion Apparel discontinued their model without replacement.  Ships can use any of the helmets listed above if they comply with the shipboard PMS requirements. However, ships should transition to the Bullard’s FXA-1  helmet if they have not transitioned already.

FXA-1 Helmet (NSN 4210-01-493-7428)



  • Chemical-resistant fiberglass outer shell
  • High-heat thermoplastic inner shell
  • Comfortable Sure-Lock ratchet headband
  • Balanced 6-point nylon crown straps and crown pad
  • Nomex chinstrap with quick-release buckle and postman’s slide fastener
  • Rip-stop Nomex ear/neck protector
  • Leather ratchet cover
  • Removable fire-resistant, absorbent cotton brow pad
  • Hard-coated optically-correct faceshield
  • Scotchlite™ reflective striping
  • 12 point comfort system
  • Model FXA1 meets U.S. Navy requirements for shipboard firefighting
  • Certified to NFPA 1971, 2007 standard
  • Red-orange Scotchlite™ reflective striping
  • Yellow Nomex ear/neck protector