November 3rd is rapidly approaching. This election is not only pivotal in the presidential election but even more so locally. Pete Schweyer our current Representative is facing a serious challenger and stands to lose the seat. Pete has been a staunch friend of firefighters and has been instrumental in helping to rebuild the Department. Let’s support our friend get Pete re-elected. To get this done we need to show force. We can show force by handing out support literature at the polling stations. This is a very effective method of supporting a candidate.  We get to the voters as they go in to cast their votes. A lot of times this makes a difference in undecided or uninformed voters. We need a lot of members to come out and show Local 302 Allentown Fire Fighters support Pete like he supports us.  Do not assume someone else is going to do it, we need everyone. Contact Perreault (484) 892-1787 with your shirt size and availability.–

 

 Local 302 Allentown Fire Fighters are proud to be partnering with the YMCA in re-starting the Firehouse Fridays program. Every Friday from 3-4 at Hibernia Fire Station located at Ridge and Tilghman we serve the children of Allentown under 18 bagged meals and meet the families of our community. Unfortunately, COVID has forced the program to make some changes to meet safety guidelines but we are working with them to continue serving the families of Allentown.

 

If you can’t sit at the firehouse kitchen table and explain and justify the money you’re spending on behalf of the union. You Don’t Deserve to lead.

I’m picking up the yard signs Monday for Pete Schweyer so we will start distribution next week. I need guys to help get them out in mostly the soutside and some areas of center city. Pete has been a huge advocate of ours and is apart of why our Department has added new equipment and apparatus over the past few years. He has a viable opponent and we cannot afford to lose him. We need guys to come out and help us get Pete re-elected. Don’t assume someone else will do it. All we ask is two hours or if you have more time available, even better.

Contact Perreault, (484)892-1787, with your availability and any questions.  —

 We’re back in the political season. All that has transpired over this summer from COVID, de-funding Police and local protests, to a major storm, show us how important it is to support our political friends.
 One such friend is State Rep. Pete Schweyer. Pete has been instrumental in rebuilding our fleet and securing funding for various equipment needs. He faced a challenging primary season which is still carrying on in the court system. We cannot afford to lose his experience and influence in Harrisburg. The City’s political landscape is changing and our friend’s political opponents are not going to be helpful for us at the state level.
 With that said, starting next week I am in need of help putting out yard signs for Rep. Pete Schweyer. We did it during the primary and his campaign was extremely grateful. Please come out and help us get Pete re-elected. The more members we get out, the faster and easier it is.
Thank you to all who have supported our political efforts. Your help is what builds our Local and Department.
Please contact Adam Perreault (484) 892-1787 for availability and additional info.

 

Gents,

We will be conducting a second follow up cism debrief for the fatal fire which will be held on Friday 7/31/20 at 1900 at the Allentown Police Academy. Several of the individuals involved were unable to attend the first debrief so we felt it would beneficial to have a second one, anyone who was at the first may come as well. Please let the individuals under your command know. We will have food and beverages available as well.

Thanks,
Ben

BENJAMIN IOBST​

SERGEANT

Allentown Police

Council,
This email is in reference to the proposed resolution on tonight’s council agenda.  As you navigate through  the process I ask that you consider how any proposed change in incident response could adversely affect the medical care that the citizens of Allentown receive.
Scene safety and security is not only important for providing immediate care,  it is the first rule taught in every medical certification protocol.  AFD and AEMS routinely respond to drug related incidents, domestic disputes, vehicle accidents and mental illness calls.
Patient agitation and violent reaction for afflictions ranging from imbalanced blood sugars to administering Narcan to an overdose patient happen frequently.  APD is an integral part of that conflict resolution and assures that AEMS and AFD can effectively provide medical treatment for the most positive outcome.
I have heard some of you say and much has been reported that this resolution as well protocol changes are an effort to divert calls and funding away from APD to social service responses.  As you know I am a huge advocate for mental health awareness and have come for your support on the issue in the past.  The mental health and addiction efforts should be focused in preventative measures and aftercare, not emergency service budget reduction.
Allentown citizens safety and treatment is the priority, but my members safety is also a concern when APD funding and response is being discussed.  Scene safety is paramount in the treatment we provide.  We are not in a controlled environment like a hospital or treatment center.  APD has done a fantastic job providing the security we rely on in very volatile situations with limited resources.
Once again I ask you take into consideration the ripple effects of any decisions being made with regards to protocol and funding. I sympathize with you having to be a steward for both citizen and employee and I trust you will be able to do right by both.
Jeremy Warmkessel
President Local 302 IAFF

 

Attention:

Local 302 Membership

Due to the vacancy of the Office of Executive Board, created
because of Brother Keith Pierce’s resignation, in accordance
with the applicable provisions of the by-laws, the board is
now accepting names of candidates who are interested in
filling the vacancy.

Interested individuals should submit their names for
consideration to any Executive board member.

In accordance with Article V, Section 9 of the Constitution, and by-laws of Local
302, names will be accepted for a period of 20 days from the date of this posting.
That would put the deadline on July 25th, 2020.

In the event, there is more than one name submitted for consideration, an election
will take place one (1) hour prior to the next month’s regular meetings.
In the event no names are submitted, the Executive Board shall seek a
replacement for the vacancy and appoint such member for the remainder of the
vacated term.

Secretary,
Jason J. Custer
[email protected]

 

P.S.

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It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of retired Allentown Firefighter Otto J. Skrovanek.

Otto Joseph Skrovanek passed peacefully on June 22nd. Otto was born in Allentown. He served in the Army Air Force as a nose gunner during World War II, earning the rank of staff sergeant in the 15th Division. During his life, he worked as a firefighter for the city of Allentown. He enjoyed golf, bowling, and singing with his friends. Otto had a fine sense of humor and shared it often. He was always quick to extend a “Hello” to everyone he met. He was happiest when surrounded by family and friends. He is again holding hands with his best friend and spouse, Anna May Skrovanek. They enjoyed 65 years of marriage.

Otto was the son of Anton and Frances (Anderko) Skrovanek. He will be dearly missed by his children, Darryl (Norma), Leo (Pamela), Susan (Freeman), and Michael (Elizabeth); grandchildren, Laura, Stephanie, Ross, and Natasha; and great-granddaughter, Isabel.

A Catholic service will be offered at 10:00 AM Friday, June 26th at Weber Funeral Home 502 Ridge Avenue Allentown, PA 18102. Burial with military honors will be private. Online condolences may be made at www.weberfuneralhomes.com