Yes, another post regarding leather fire helmets...
I still wear my Cairns N5 (Pre-OSHA) "New Yorker". It doesn't have the impact cap. It's just a plain old leather helmet with a basic liner and bourke eyeshields. It doesn't even have a chinstrap. It is lighter compared to the newer N5A's, it fits lower and doesn't have that ridiculous rachet headband. The only repair I've had to do to it over the years is give it a new coat of paint and replace the bourkes. Though pretty soon the liner is going to need repair. But the Leather is intact!
I was curious to see if any of you wear them as well even though the NFPA and OSHA standards have changed regarding helmets? I was issued a Cairns N5A in 1994 with the impact cap but I went back to my original N5 Guys may say that the impact cap it there to protect you. In some circumstances I would agree but in reality it's not going to matter what you have on your head if a tool is accidentally dropped or shards of glass fall on you from, oh let's say the sixth floor or the roof of a building. Which supposidly is the concept of the impact cap.
What are your thoughts?
[This message has been edited by RescueCoFireman (edited 02-15-2001).]
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01-23-2001, 03:19 PM #1RescueCoFiremanFirehouse.com Guest
Any Cairns N5's still in service?
01-24-2001, 12:17 PM #2ME93Firehouse.com Guest
I still have my New Yorker with bourkes also. I couldn't imagine not wearing it. I agree that if you are going to get hit in the head with something falling or whatever. I don't feel that shock absorber is going to help much. Mine could use a paint job.
Fishers Fire Dept.
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