condition: excellent make / manufacturer: Cairns model name / number: 880
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For sale is a very rare Boston Fire Department Cairns model 880 fire helmet.
This helmet was part of a test batch that the BFD bought in the early 1980's to evaluate replacing the leather Cairns helmets with thermoplastic ones while retaining the traditional style helmet.
The helmet has a manufacture date of 1975. It is possible that the BFD tested thermoplastic helmets in the 1970's but I do not have any information as to whether or not they did. My best guess is that this 1975 helmet was what is referred to as "new, old stock." meaning the helmet sat on a shelf in a supply warehouse until it was sent to the Boston Fire Department for the field test in the early 1980's. Cairns started making the 880 or "Chicago style" helmets back in the mid 1970's and is still making a version of them today.
The top side of the brim is etched "1350". The underside is etched "Rogers" (2 times) and "Engine 24". The front piece (shield) is Engine 24.
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