MSA Cairns® 1836 Fire Helmet Giveaway

MSA Safety and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) are working together to provide the most innovative and up-to-date technology to help first responders improve their health and safety. Volunteer firefighters that are NVFC members can enter to receive a personalized Cairns® 1836 Fire Helmet during entry periods throughout the year.

About the Helmet

The MSA Cairns 1836 Fire Helmet features the iconic traditional design that firefighters love with innovative features that address today’s fire service needs. It’s lightweight and has a low ride height for comfort. It’s quick and easy to disassemble and assemble for cleanability. And it’s RFID-enabled for efficient asset management.

  • CUSTOMIZABLE FIT & COMFORT: The Cairns 1836 Fire Helmet is lightweight with a low ride height and offers several other customizable comfort features. The expanded and pivoting ratchet system allows adjustment for head size (fitting 95% of firefighters), head shape, and fit with the facepiece and hood.
  • EASY TO CLEAN: The Cairns 1836 Fire Helmet is designed for quick and easy disassembly and assembly without specific tools for thorough inspection, care, and maintenance. Plus, the helmet’s chinstrap and soft goods are removable, washable, and replaceable. These features have all been engineered to help firefighters align with NFPA 1851 guidelines.
  • ARTICULATING DEFENDER® VISOR: The newly designed Defender Visor adjusts in and out to fit a range of face sizes and shapes or over eyewear. It stows neatly and securely inside the helmet and is easy to deploy with a gloved hand.
  • SHELL RELEASE SYSTEM: The MSA Cairns Shell Release System (SRS) protects from impact and heat – even when your helmet is dislodged from your head. With the SRS, if your helmet comes off due to extenuating circumstances – such as a fall through a floor or roof – the impact cap is designed to separate from the helmet shell but remain on your head.

Approvals: NFPA 1971, Structural Firefighting

Colors: Black, Red, White, Yellow

Click here for the helmet product page and specifications.


To be eligible to enter, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an active volunteer firefighter in the U.S.
  • Be a member of the NVFC. Learn about member benefits and join at Don’t know your member status? Click here to find out.
  • One entry allowed per member each entry period; prior winners are not eligible to renter.
  • Recipient agrees that his/her name, details from entry, and photo may be used in media by MSA and the NVFC for the purposes of promoting the donation

View the official rules here.

How to Enter

The first entry period is now closed. NVFC members will have three more opportunities to enter to win in 2024. The next entry period will be June 1-30.

Check out other opportunities for volunteer responders here.


After each entry period, one volunteer firefighter that is also an NVFC member at the time of entry will be randomly selected to receive an MSA Cairns 1836 Fire Helmet. Winners will be announced the month following each entry period. Winners will be contacted directly before the public announcement is made.


If you have any questions, contact Lori Shirley at or 1-888-ASK-NVFC (275-6832).


About MSA
MSA Safety Inc. (NYSE: MSA) is the global leader in advanced safety products, technologies, and solutions. Our core fire service products include the revolutionary MSA G1 SCBA at the center of the Connected Firefighter Platform, FireGrid™ software, LUNAR® Connected Device, Cairns® fire helmets, ALTAIR® portable gas detection instruments, and Globe Manufacturing Company turnout gear and boots. For more information, visit

About the NVFC
The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue services. The NVFC serves as the voice of the volunteer in the national arena and provides critical resources, programs, education, and advocacy for first responders across the nation. Learn more at