Before a “firefighting” helmet is placed on the market and may subsequently be used in different application scenarios, it must be tested and certified according to the standards applicable to the respective country.

HEROS-titan Pro

The HEROS-titan Pro is certified according to other standards than the HEROS-titan.

The basic idea of standards is to list hazards that can occur during various missions, to evaluate them and to derive test scenarios from them. As a result, helmets that meet these standard requirements offer the user maximum protection.

Rosenbauer has been successfully producing firefighting helmets since 1992 that are used worldwide and, therefore, have to meet a wide variety of standard requirements..


What are the essential standards for firefighting helmets?

Geographically, there are basically three “standard worlds” for firefighting helmets.

Flag of the European Union

EN (European Standard)

Compliant: HEROS-titan, HEROS-smart, HEROS-xtreme, HEROS-matrix (not compliant with EN443:2008)

EN443:2008 Helmets for firefighting in buildings and other structures.
EN16471:2014 Helmets for forest and land firefighting.
EN16473:2014 Helmets for technical rescue.
EN14458:2018 Personal eye-equipment. High performance visors intended only for use with protective helmets.


Flag of the United States of America

NFPA (National Fire Protection Association)

Compliant: HEROS-titan Pro

NFPA 1971, 2018 edition Protective Ensembles for structural Fire Fighting and proximity Fire Fighting.
ANSI / ISEA Z87.1-2010 American national standard for occupational and educational personal eye and face protection devices


Flag of Australia

AS/NZS (Australian/New Zealand Standard)

Compliant: HEROS-titan AS

AS/NZS 4067:2012 + A1:2014 Protective helmets for structural Fire Fighting


What are the essential test requirements?

  • Penetration resistance: A flat blade striker falls from a height of 2.5 m onto the helmet and must not touch the test head.
  • Shock absorption: A 5 kg hemispherical striker falls from a height of 2.5 m five times in a row on the same helmet in different places; the helmet must sufficiently absorb the forces.
  • Flame-engulfment: Full flame-engulfment complete helmet system with > 1,000 °C for 10 sec.; no part may afterburn or afterglow for more than 5 sec. Simulates protection, for example, in the event of flashover.
  • Transverse and longitudinal deformation: The helmet is loaded longitudinally and transversally with 630 N and may, thereby, deform by max. 40 mm.
  • Efficiency of the retention system: Strength of the chin strap and interior fittings is checked.
  • Electrical properties: Protection against high voltages is tested, no electrical breakdown at 1,200 volts.
  • Protection against chemicals: no visible damage to helmet and visor after exposure to harsh chemicals.
  • Face and eye protection: Visors are fired at with 6 mm steel balls at a speed of at least 120 m/sec (432 km/h), no penetration, no breakage.


There are also different pre-treatments for each of these tests, which are carried out immediately before the test. Some of these pre-treatments are listed below:

 Conditioning  Description  Tests
High temperatures Irradiation with a heat source of 14 KW/m² for 8 min. It reaches more than 330 °C on the helmet surface. Shock-absorption
1 shock / helmet penetration
Low temperatures The helmet is “frozen” down to -40 °C for at least 4 hours. Shock-absorption
5 shocks / helmet
Moisture The helmet is completely immersed in water for at least 4 hours. Shock-absorption
UV aging The helmets are irradiated with a 450 W rated xenon lamp for at least 400 hours. This pre-treatment takes place for all tests.


HEROS-titan irradiation

Before testing the HEROS-titan helmet is irradiated for several minutes.

HEROS-titan flame-engulfment

The HEROS-titan helmet at the flame-engulfment test.

HEROS-titan penetration resistance

The HEROS-titan at the penetration resistance test.


What do I need to keep in mind when purchasing?

The helmets to be procured should always comply with the standards and regulations applicable to each country. Look for proof of certification by an accredited body.Only this ensures that the helmet is tested and certified according to the desired standard

A firefighting helmet for universal use should also be equipped with a certified face shield according to EN 14458 and with an (including with gloves) easily adjustable holding system including chin strap.


How can I tell if and according to which standard the helmet is tested and certified?

Each helmet must have a marking indicating the standard according to which the helmet has been tested and certified and which testing institute has carried out the test / certification (CE number).