There has been a lot of misinformation being put out by some Central officers with regard to wellness initiatives for our members.

Nothing has changed with wellness!

Local 302 members are covered due to our annual physical which was memorialized in the attached MOU.

Spouses DO NOT need an annual physical.  They do need to complete 3 wellness initiatives as directed in the attached Wellness program literature which has been provided to everyone starting in December of 2021 and remains in effect until our CBA expires.


IAFF Insurance MOU Physicals Wellness Requirement

City Wellness Program

Gov Shapiro
Lt Gov Austin Davis
CD 7 Susan Wild
SD 14 Nick Miller
State Rep Mike Schlossberg
State Rep Pete Schweyer
We are not endorsing in the Fetterman and Oz race, they are both terrible.
We are not endorsing in the Pa SD 16 Pinsley and Coleman race. They are both terrible candidates. Pinsley is everyhing everyone hates in a politician and Jared Coleman 100% would do anything to get rid of public sector Fire Fighters and take our livelihoods.
As always vote your beliefs. We recommend candidates we have personally vetted and are pro Fire Fighters. Any questions about any candidates in your district call Perreault (484)892-1787.

 We are a week out from election day. This is the day we show our support to our friends. This year our current political allies helped us secure multiple streams of funding, political appointments, and key legislation.

 These allies once again helped us secure funding for gear and equipment. Our friends worked with us to ensure Bomb Squads across the state were included in the funding of the Fireworks bill. Believe it or not, they were an afterthought and it took the work of our political team as well as political allies across the state to not only get the Bomb Squads recognized but a reimbursement of 500k.

 Local 302 was able to create and get appointed to a seat on the State Fire Advisory Board. This position makes sure our voices are heard in issues pertaining to statewide fire issues, not to mention access to the State Fire Commissioner and more frequent access to the Governor. This is a huge first for us and would not have been possible if we weren’t out there standing side by side with our political friends.

 Each year we grow and continue to build relationships, relationships that turn into friendships. To do this we need you to help us show them we are who you want as friends and we can do that by getting their message out at the polls. Those who have worked the polls know how much of an impact we have and how much our friends appreciate it. That’s where we have the most impact and that’s why our allies help us grow. Gone are the days of “Hey give the Fire Fighters what they need because they are Fire Fighters” we have to make our voices heard and this is how we do it.

Come out and help us man the polls for our friends Tuesday, Nov 8th morning 0730-1200 (or when poll slows) afternoon 1400-closing (or when polls slow) After party to follow. Contact Perreault for availability and Tee-Shirt.



 All members must notify President Warmkessel if interested.  You would need to use your own time.  Union would provide mileage for the vehicle and a per diem of 50$ per day per member.
Only respond if you are willing to be on the road in the next 36 hours and are willing to be away for a total of 7-10 days.  Please read the email from the IAFF carefully as to what you would be responsible for taking.
This help would be targeted to IAFF members impacted by the storm.  From speaking with leadership that is a large number of people.
If there is interest I will handle filling out the request form and coordinating with the team and IAFF.

The IAFF is assisting members and families impacted by Hurricane Ian, as well as working with affiliate leaders whose members were in the storm’s path.

We have established disaster relief operations in Bonita Springs and Tampa, with IAFF staff on-site to help members. A separate email has been sent to potentially affected members with a dedicated phone number they can contact for assistance, including supplies, behavioral health support, access to work crews, and financial assistance for catastrophic damage to homes.

If your members are interested in responding to the region to provide assistance, the IAFF is coordinating member support. Do not self-deploy. Please complete the Member Assistance Team form here. You will be contacted with a response assignment after your form is received.

Member Assistance Teams should:

  • Consist of a 3-4 person work team
  • Provide your own reliable transportation
  • Provide your own tools
  • Bring 3 days of food and water
  • Bring your own bedding – the IAFF will help to arrange accommodations in the area

Resources are scarce in the impacted area, along with widespread power outages. Please plan accordingly to avoid straining local resources.

Retired FF Al Fraind has died and we need to set up an honor guard for his funeral. We are just going to be standing on the steps at the entry to the church. For those who don’t know Al, not only was he a firefighter for 30 years, he is a decorated WWII vet.  Served in the 9th infantry, fought in 8 major campaigns including being the second wave at Normandy, Battle of the Bulge, North Africa, and liberated a concentration camp…. He is a true American hero.

I need at least 4 guys from 950-1020, Wednesday, at the church on the corner of American parkway and front. All on-duty personnel will stop by to pay respects. Text me to let me know if you can stand

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It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of retired Allentown Firefighter Thomas C. Fatzinger.

   Thomas C. Fatzinger, 80, of Allentown, passed away peacefully in his home while holding the hand of his wife, Monday, September 5, 2022. He and his wife, Patricia A. (Freed), celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary. Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Charles E. and Geraldine K. (Seagreaves) Fatzinger. He was a member of Nativity Lutheran Church. A 1960 graduate of Allentown High School, he excelled in baseball and basketball. Tom served in the National Guard during the Vietnam War. Tom was employed by the city of Allentown as a firefighter for 30 years and was a member of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 302. He also was employed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania State Liquor Store for 25 years.

 As a basketball and baseball star at Allen High School, Tom continued to love sports. His greatest joy was attending his grandchildren’s sporting events. He was the most loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, and friend. When Tom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease his loved one’s feared his disappearance. And though his mind did fade, his strength, laughter, and love for life and those around him always remained. 

   Survivors: wife; daughters, Deana (Pete), Tricia Bernecker (husband, Derek); grandchildren, Keri (husband, Todd), Brad, Aly (Josh), Paige, Conner (Viv); brother, Dale (wife, Susan), sisters-in-laws, Susan (husband, John), Dorrie (Bob), bother-in-law, Robert (wife, Kathy), and many nieces, nephews, and children. 

   Services: `12:30 PM Saturday at STEPHENS FUNERAL HOME, INC. 274 N. Krocks Rd. Call 11:30 AM until service time. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery. (

   Contributions: In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at and/or Pennsylvania Perimeter Ride Against Cancer at

We need to supply an honor guard for two events this weekend.

First, Saturday. Retired FF Tom Fatzinger’s funeral. It’s at Stevens on Krocks Rd. We are standing from 1130-1230. I need 4-6 guys.

Sunday. Mission BBQ is doing a 9-11 tribute. They have supplied us with lunches, food at fires, and donations. They would like an Allentown Fire Honor Guard to present colors during the national anthem. Total time you will be there is one hour. Get there around 1115, figure out logistics, and present at noon.
They will provide you with lunch.

Both of these are important! One is to honor a brother, the other is to honor 343 brothers. Time to step up. Text me if you can help, I need to know sooner than later.
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