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personnel protection


(BULLARD Model FXA-1 by E.D. Bullard Company)  

NSN 4210-01-493-7428

(PP - Helmet, Fireman's)



The firefighter's helmet is designed for use by damage control personnel to protect the head, neck and face from short duration flame (flash) exposure, heat, fluid spray and falling objects. The helmet shell is made from a special woven heat-resistant fiberglass design. The ear/neck protector chin strap provides protection against heat and flash for the neck and ears. A chin strap is on the protector to ensure the protector stays close to the wearers head

This heat and flash protection is enhanced by wearing a firefighter’s hood beneath the helmet. The helmet has a wide brim that extends at the back to protect the firefighter’s neck and collar from hot objects or water and falling debris. It has a fold down plastic shield to protect the eyes from heat flash and direct bursts of straight stream water in firefighting and flooding evolutions.

The helmets are colored bright red with reflective markings. The helmets have a chin strap and an adjustable “ratchet-type” suspension. Some have a metal or plastic bracket attachment on the side brim for helmet lights and others have a light that fits on the helmet.  The firefighter's helmet is certified to meet NFPA 1971 Standard on Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting. It weighs about 3 pounds without the light and is 8 inches high by 13 3/4 inches long by 12 inches wide. The oval-shaped wrap around shield covering the face is 4 1/2 inches high by 12 inches. Helmets are provided in the firefighting/access personnel kit and for repair party personnel. The firefighter’s helmet may be procured through the supply system (MILSTRIP requisition) . For ordering information, see Firefighters Helmet Tip 001: Commercially Available Firefighter’s Helmet.


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