It has been brought to my attention that at city-wide meetings there have been discussions and concerns that AFD, APD, AEMS are not complying with the mask-wearing in stations as well as in the public at times.  With some asking that discipline be used to have us comply.


I encourage all of you when making contact with other city employees or the public to please wear your mask.  If a city employee or the public enters a firehouse do one of the following.  Avoid the area that they are operating in if you have no reason to be in contact with them or don one of the masks provided to you by the city.


To be clear I do find irony in the fact that City administrators who regularly ask us to work in unsafe conditions( equipment, PPE, and manpower) question our actions in our living spaces with regards to masks.  Fire Administration has communicated a message that we are very proactive and responsible for sanitation and protection.


Thank you as always and reach out if you have any questions or concerns.


Jeremy Warmkessel

President, IAFF Local 302



Due to the COVID-19 guidelines and the fact that Lehigh County is not entering the green phase until next week I am changing location of the JUNE union meetings being held on June 22nd and 29th to Jack’s Slice outside pavilions at the Allentown Municipal golf course.


This meeting will include a vote on the  proposed by-law changes that you have received.


I will have a member of Local 302 stationed at the American Legion from 1915 hrs to 1945 hrs to redirect the attendees should they not receive this message.


I look forward to seeing you there.  There will not be union meetings in July or August.





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

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.


[email protected]


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.  

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