New B2 Paramedic Helmet

I just received the new B2 Paramedic Model EMT-1 Helmet . I’ve been working on this for years, and finally the best helmet manufacturer in the world agreed to produce it.

Three shell sizes each with different fit pads assure a comfortable custom fit. It is the only Medic helmet built to a motor-vehicle safety standard. Kevlar & Carbon fiber shell and advanced composite liner technology.

Only 1.5 inches thick and 1.5 pounds. Comfort quick-release chin strap, complete access to the ears, with a double-curved injection molded visor which is compatible with eyeglasses and respirator.

The B2 EMT-1 is lightweight and low profile for use in confined quarters. It protects you inside or outside of the ambulance without getting in your way.

Engineered by Head Protection Technologies, the B2 EMT-1 offers the protection EMS professionals deserve with the confidence of Bell’s legendary quality.

Advanced Features include;

  • 3mm Injection Molded Polycarbonate Visor
  • Curved design with nose cutout can accommodate respirators
  • Lightweight pressure formed Carbon/Kevlar Composite Shell
  • F1 Liner Technology – from the advanced Bell Formula One Racing Helmet
  • Removable / Replaceable fit pad system
  • 3M Reflective Tape for enhanced visibility
  • Quick release padded chin strap with steel buckle
  • Retention system allows use of stethoscope or communications
  • DOT FMVSS 218 Certified
  • Will  be available in navy blue, and royal blue
  • 3 sizes will fit sizes 54 to 63cm (XXS to XXL)

Here are a few facts; Firemen don’t go anywhere without a helmet. Skateboarders and bicyclists wear helmets. But folks playing dancing bear in the back of a moving ambulance don’t wear any head protection. 

Aren’t you worth at least the same level of head protection you would insist on for your child driving a go-cart? There is only one rational standard supported by the CPSC for Paramedic use in a Wheeled, Large Motor-Vehicle. FMVSS 218, the DOT Standard.

  • According to NAEMT, Four in Five Medics Are Injured On The Job; More than one in two (52%) have been assaulted by a patient, and one in two (50%) have been exposed to an infectious disease; EMS personnel in the United States have an estimated fatality rate more than twice the national average. More
  • More EMS providers die on the job than anyone ever suspected, making the occupation nearly as dangerous as police officer or firefighter according to the first-ever national study of EMS fatalities. The study, “Occupational Fatalities in Emergency Medical Services: A Hidden Crisis,” was published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. Between 1992 and 1997, the study finds 114 EMTs and paramedics were killed on the job, more than half of them in ambulance crashes. That’s an estimated 12.7 fatalities per 100,000 EMS workers, making it close to the death rates for police (14.2) and firefighters (16.5) in the same time period, the study says. More
  • Ground ambulances are involved in approximately 10,000 crashes annually, with high crash, injury and fatality rates both per vehicle and per mile traveled. 
  • Published reports identify the rear compartment of the ambulance vehicle as a hazardous environment, exempt from many FMVSS standards, are built outside of the accepted automotive safety and occupant protection infrastructure, and are not currently required to undergo occupant protection safety testing.  More
  • A 2011 study by the Fire Protection Research Foundation found that 691 people died in 590 fatal crashes involving ambulances nationwide between 1990 and 2009. Most occurred when the ambulances were responding to emergencies.

4.22.13 UPDATE: The B2 EMT-1 is now available!  Call 573-240-0002 or e-mail for details and ordering information.


About Dan White

I'm a retired Paramedic and EMS Instructor with 35 years EMS and emergency medical product experience. I love canoes, cars and EMS. I have written a lot about EMS Technology on the Paramedic Blog, the Insights on Innovation column for, on and I can be reached directly at 573-240-0002.
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