In July, some fellow Ohio firefighters were involved in a "flashover" in which one firefighter was badly burned. A "flashover" occurs when the temperature in a room becomes superheated and all the contents ignite.

In July, some fellow Ohio firefighters were involved in a “flashover” in which one firefighter was badly burned. A “flashover” occurs when the temperature in a room becomes superheated and all the contents ignite.

The family in the burning house had a ladder and climbed down to safety. The firefighters arrived as the last one was exiting the window with the assistance of a police officer. The three-man crew entered the house and the “flashover” occurred soon after. The lieutenant ordered a retreat when the conditions drastically changed.

The air in one firefighter’s SBCA (self-contained breathing apparatus) became super-heated and he ripped off his facemask. At that time, the firefighters realized their lieutenant did not make it out. The other firefighter had been able to keep his mask on. He re-entered the house and brought the lieutenant out injured, but with his life. This all happened within the first few minutes of the call.

I share this story because I want you to know the realities of Issue 2. Seconds matter. Take that ladder away, and multiple victims are in the house with the same amount of firefighters, or even less, to rescue them. We face these realities when we negotiate through collective bargaining with binding arbitration. We do not strike, we do our job and all we ask is that we are given that ability with our security and safety in mind.

The problem with Senate Bill 5 is that Gov. Kasich is trying to blame the state’s woes on the unions and resolve all issues with one stroke of the pen. I hope you realize it is a bit more complicated than that and join me in voting no on Issue 2 to repeal SB 5. The system needs fixed, but Issue 2 is not the answer.