Attention :

Local 302 Members

Due to the cancellation of the regularly scheduled IAFF Local 302 May Union Meetings, the proposed By-Law change meeting will take place during Junes meetings which will be rescheduled to June 22nd and 29th.

   The meetings will be held at the American Legion Post 576,

1615 Sumner Ave. Allentown, Pa 18102.



    Jeremy Warmkessel

    President, Local 302 IAFF


I would like to get some guys to put yard signs out on the South side for Pete Schweyer. He’s been one of our strongest allies at the state as well as locally.  Pete was integral in obtaining grant money for the new engines and hazmat truck. He has a strong opponent and we can’t afford to lose him. Especially in these times.

All of the signs go in yards that have requested one. There is no door knocking involved, just put the sign in the yard and go. His campaign advisor has provided us with sequential, correlated, verified  address lists.

This shouldn’t take long. Hour or two after or before work or on a day off. These need to go out ASAP. Let me know and I will get you the signs and addresses. Please don’t assume someone else will help. The more that come out the faster it gets done. If you like what we’ve been able to accomplish for the Local and the Department over the last few years, come out and ensure we keep our friends in office.

Thank you

Adam Perreault

It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of retired Allentown Firefighter Alan D. Whitehouse.


Alan David Whitehouse, 81, of Whitehall, passed away on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, in the Gardens for Memory Care at Easton. He was the husband of the late Hyang Nan “Jackie” (Kim) Whitehouse, who died in 2019. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late John C. and Eleanor C. (Bitting) Whitehouse. Alan attended Allentown High School and participated on the J.V. Wrestling team. He went on to serve in the U.S. Air Force as a radar and computer technician in Air Defense Command. In 1962, Alan was appointed to the Allentown Fire Department. He briefly worked for Bendix Field Engineering in Baltimore, MD as a senior service technician and served in the Republic of Korea. In 1968, Alan was re-appointed to the Allentown Fire Department and after serving in all Allentown Fire Stations, retired after 31 years in 1994. Alan was a former member of Local #302 International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) for 25 years, serving as trustee, on the executive board, chairman of the Fire Fighter’s Ball and on the Safety Committee. He was also a member of the L.V. Timing Association, the Firemen’s Relief, and the Fearless Fire Company. Alan enjoyed hot rods, custom cars, volunteered for the American on Wheels Museum and loved hunting and fishing. Survivors: Alan is survived by cousins and close friends. Services: Due to gathering restrictions, services will be private and interment will follow at St. Mark’s Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to K.V. Knopp Funeral Home, Inc., Allentown.

Tune in at 4:30 April 16 to the IAFF Local 302 Facebook Page for a live stream with Congresswoman Wild.

COVID-19 discussion with Representative Susan Wild

Join us for a discussion with Representative Susan Wild about COVID-19 and how the Firefighters and Paramedics of Allentown have handled it. The panelists will be Allentown Firefighters Union President Jeremy Warmkessel, Allentown Fire Chief Jim Wehr, and EMS Chief of Operations Eric Gratz.

Posted by Local 302 Allentown International Association of Firefighters on Thursday, April 16, 2020

Attached is the second MOU for the time period April 13, 2020- April 27, 2020.  On pay stub, it currently lists the day as Sick Leave incentive.  On eservices with your explanation of benefits page, it is listed as COVID 19 Days.  The City admin is currently looking to see why it is listed differently.


Please review and make sure it has 12 hours listed.  If it does not contact me.


484 223 7276.

Click for COVID_2_banked day MOU Download…

“Just wanted to let you know that the 12hr bonus for covid will be on this weeks pay stub.  It will show where sick and vacation hours are listed.  They are coding it as Covid Fire Bonus for 12.0 hrs.  I am sure the code will be abbreviated somehow, but it is listed separately from vacation hours.”

The IAFF has offered free of charge a telemental health service. If you are struggling and feel more comfortable talking with someone outside of our peer support team, please take advantage of this system. Do not feel you need to struggle with mental health issues alone, please seek help.
IAFF Local 302 Peer Support Team

 In these extremely stressful times as you continue to answer the call during the COVID-19 pandemic, it may help to talk to someone who understands the challenges of the job and the strain this deadly virus may be causing.

The Warriors Research Institute (WRI) – run by IAFF Behavioral Health partner Dr. Suzy Gulliver – is offering telemental health services at no cost to all IAFF members in the United States.  

Treatment is provided on a secure web platform by licensed therapists who have experience working with fire fighters. Call in by phone or participate via your personal computer in the comfort of your own home. Treatment can address a range of behavioral health challenges and you do not need a specific diagnosis to participate.

Learn more here.  

Stay updated on COVID-19 resources and guidance for IAFF members at

IAFF Local 302 Allentown Firefighters stand side-by-side with the citizens of Allentown in the fight against the Coronavirus.