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1980 Report Exposed Ionization Alarms

In September 1980 the International Association of Fire Chief’s (IAFC) ‘Residential Smoke Alarm Report’ warned Fire Chiefs about ionization detectors saying that the IAFC could, “. . . take no other course but to recommend photoelectric smoke detectors.”  The report explained how to conduct a full-scale, real-world test so Fire Chiefs may see the life-threatening problems with ionization smoke  alarms.

Early in the morning of 17 December 2005, a fire broke out in a home fitted with several working ionization smoke alarms.  Captain Russell Ashe and Fire Fighter Matt Cetin received medals of honor for risking their lives in a vain attempt to save the lives of four children and their Mother. No one could explain why the smoke alarms has failed to activate in a house filled with thick toxic smoke.

The Fire that Inspired America’s First State-Wide
Photoelectric-Only Smoke Alarm Legislation

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Russ Ashe and Matt Cetin (3rd & 4th from left)
at the signing of the new Vermont legislation
at Barre City Fire Department, Vermont, USA
Governor Douglas Signs Legislation
May 2008
"What can I do, in my Fire Department, to help bring about change?”
Fire Fighters:
Can YOU Make A Difference?

Read Barre City Vermont’s story,

watch the films - then ask yourself:

You Can Quote Me

Smoke Screen

Captain Russell Ashe and Fire Fighter Matt Cetin’s testing of smoke alarms
led to these and several other stories that aired on Vermont TV
College of Engineering
& Applied Sciences

Captain Russell Ashe

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28 June, 2010 
Captain Russell Ashe at the University
of Cincinnati’s ‘Smoke Detector Seminar’
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Inspiring New Legislation
After months of research, Cetin and and Ashe discovered the truth.  Despite their peers telling them they were wrong their dedication and commitment to exposing the truth inspired America’s first, photoelecric-only smoke alarm legislation.

    Smoke Alarm
    Legislation Page
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Captain Russell Ashe is coming to Australia in April/May, 2012.  He will work with the Volunteer Fire Fighters Association and the World Fire Safety Foundation to launch NFPTV’s photoelectric-only smoke alarm TV campaign.

The campaign will reveal the truth about the defective ionization smoke alarm in hundreds of millions of homes around the world and explain the safe, affordable, photoelectric alternatives.
     In December 2005, just one week before Christmas, in a tiny U.S. town, a devastating fire changed everything.  This book is Captain Russell Ashe’s (pictured) stunning, first hand account of the fateful events of that day.
     Read of the desperate, heroic attempt to save the Fire Chief’s niece and her four children. Why didn’t the smoke alarms go off?  The fire inspired fire fighters to push for America's first state-wide legislation to mandate photoelectric smoke alarms.

The Fire That Changed Everything

Australian Tour - April/May, 2012

Captain Russell Ashe’s Book
A must read for every fire fighter

The stunning story behind the new mandatory
photoelectric-only smoke alarm legislation in America and Australia

Captain Russell Ashe

Barre City, Vermont, USA

Captain Russell Ashe Launching Global TV Campaign