One of the coolest things I have ever received in the mail, ever... arrived at my house a couple of days ago. It was from one of the friends I made here on the FFN, and he is from France, where he works as a professional firefighter. Like many firefighters, we both like fire service related things and are involved with trading things back and forth. What amazed me however, was the functional design that I saw first hand. 


Up to this point, I have only seen photographs of french firefighters wearing a very unfamiliar fire helmet style. To be honest, I blew off the design because they just did not look like fire helmets. After having the chance to actually wear one, I offer the following insight for those, like myself, who never have had the chance to see what our brothers and sisters across the Atlantic wear for head and face protection.


The world just keeps getting smaller... I invite everyone to take the time to get to know others around the world with the spirit of sharing and providing the most up to date training and response information available. We are not alone, we have each other.


Prenez garde à rester en sécurité, (TCSS)

CBz


The Casque Pompier (Fire Helmet):



Built in Safety Goggles:


 

Fire Helmet Protective Visor / Heat Shield:


 

View Through Fire Helmet Protective Visor / Heat Shield:



Fire Helmet Heat Shield:




05-25-2010 Update: I made direct contact today with MSA and spoke with one of two sales reps that have knowledge of the French Gallet F1-SF Firefighter Helmet. Here's what I learned:


• These "French" fire helmets are manufactured by MSA, which is 100% USA owned and is based internationally out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

• MSA bought out the french company Gallet 7-8 years ago, which included this helmet design and manufacturing rights.

• Existing USA style fire helmets are rated to no more than 1500˚F, while this particular style is rated to 1800˚F. Why more? The same technology used by NASA for astronaut helmets visors are incorporated into this design. Both the helmet and face shield reflect the heat, keeping the interior of the helmet cool, with maximum interior helmet temperatures reaching around 95˚F.

• The existing F1-SF helmet does not meet NA standards as mentioned in one of the posts. However, there is such a demand now for this style that MSA is working on providing a NA approved helmet that has the same features but also possesses the necessary impact standards.

• What we are looking at is a glimpse of what the 21st century firefighters are going to be wearing, internationally...


Tags: Casque, France, PPE, Pompier, fire, goggles, heat-shield, helmet, visor

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Yes. Those helmets are functional, and I love functional. Our department looked into it, but I think they were pretty expensive to purchase.

We thought they would work well for vehicle extrication.
In the Netherlands a lot of departments use the MSA-Gallet helmets.

But there are also a lot of departments which aint using them for vehicle extrication. They use an other style of MSA-helmet, because the Gallet-version will limit you on visuals at the left and right sides of your head during extrication.
excellent input, I have never heard this kind of first account for the MSA Gallet fire helmet.

TCSS,
CBz
I've just googled for the version they use for extrication over here. This will be the Gallet F2 version. So it also is a Gallet but not the F1 version.
Like I said the F1 version is in a lot of departments just used for firefighting.
I often wondered about those helmets. To me, they just look plain goofy. That said, I suspect they are superior than what we in North America are accustomed to. I do believe there are some departments here in Canada ( in Quebec I think.. also french) that are using those types. I could be wrong, but I thought I saw pictures somewhere.
In my eeensie beeensie lil mind, I prefer the looks of the "real thing" fire helmets. The old traditional style that many depts are going back to, or have never stopped using. Those are the style that was worn when I was growing up, and although I was kind of disappointed to see the newer types had replaced the old style, I still thought even they were cooler than those new fangled things that you just traded. I guess it just takes some getting used to lol
Nice pic by the way.
Luke... I am your Father!

Sorry CBz, that's just what it looks like. ;p



I will be the first to agree that it looks like something out of Star Wars...
Nothing wrong with Star Wars...they must have gotten some things right...they fly in space on a regular basis and we don't. To dismiss something because of its 'looks' and not its functionality is a common human error. I did learn by reading that these helmets are not worthy of our impact standards (easy fix, in my opinion).
That's exactly what I was thinking.
Nothing wrong with Star Wars...they must have gotten some things right...they fly in space on a regular basis and we don't. To dismiss something because of its 'looks' and not its functionality is a common human error. I did learn by reading that these helmets are not worthy of our impact standards (easy fix, in my opinion).
Brett...your "arguement is that they "fly into space".....wake up....its a movie....LOL I like the US style....I admit it is based on tradition....but I don't care......as for following the French....well that's another thread.....
The reason this style of helmet is not used in the USA is because they do not meet US standards for impact protection.

Apparently American firefighters get hit on the head more than they experience severe thermal conditions...

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