It’s that time again…Primary election season. As always, this is when we show our political friends that we appreciate the help they give us when we need new equipment and grants, helping us to do our jobs safely and expand the Department. Those of us who served under a hostile administration understand how far we have come and what it takes to never go back. We’ve achieved this accomplishment by standing with our friends and community and building a strong reputable brand. By continuing to endorse, vote, and provide campaign manpower support, we show everyone that IAFF Local 302 Allentown Fire Fighters are good allies to have in your corner.

Come out Tuesday, May 17th, and help us at the polls. Those who have helped in the past realize that it is a good way to positively engage the citizens of Allentown and promote Local 302.


Morning shift 0700 to about 11 or when it slows down

Afternoon shift 1500-2000 or again, when the polls slow

Don’t assume that we have enough help. The more help we get the less each guy has to stand at a poll. We will provide yellow Local 302 t-shirts for election day.

Contact Perreault (484)892-1787 for more information.

Posted are the candidates we have endorsed locally for Pa Senate District 16 (Pat Browne), new Pa Senate District 14 (Nick Miller), Pa Legislative District 22nd (Saeed Georges) and Pete Schweyer’s new Pa Legislative District 134. As always vote for your beliefs. These are our endorsements based solely on Fire Fighter and labor issues.

Thank you,

Local 302 Executive Board


The regularly scheduled meetings of April 4 and 11, May 2 and 9 and June 6 and 13 will held at 1930hrs at the Knight of Columbus at 1519 Greenleaf street

 Tomorrow is the parade and we’re still looking for guys to come out and support our Union by marching with Local 302 and our Labor friends in the Allentown St Patrick’s Day Parade.
 We will have food and drinks available before and during the parade. Families are welcone and encouraged. This really is a fun event for all.
Touch base with Jawsy (484)866-1606 to let him know you’re coming.
1100 @ Ritz BBQ parking lot. We start the parade at 1.
Executive Board

  The Services for Retired BC. Robert & Norma Fatzinger will be held on March 18th at O’Donnell Funeral home, 908 Hanover Ave. Allentown Pa. 18109. Calling hours will be from 830am to 10 am, service from 10 am to 11 am at the funeral home.

We will be providing Honor Guard during the calling hours. Following the service Interment will be at Cedar Hill Memorial Park. 1740 Airport Rd. Allentown Pa. 18109. It is not known at this time if that will be a private service.

***BC Held is setting up the Honor Guard for Chief Fatzinger’s funeral. There are 2 guys standing at a time, so he will have 12 spots available at 15 minutes each. Text him if you would like to stand. It is Friday from 0830 to 1000.
Attached is an order form for shorts being sold by retired FF Barry Warmkessel.  Every 2 years he participates in a cancer fundraiser called the perimeter ride where he rides his bike approximately 500 miles in 6 days.
100% of the proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.
A sample of the shorts is located in the Captain’s office.
His contact info is on the sheet or you can contact Lt. Warmkessel (484)-223-7276
 We’re back in! Once again we’re marching in the 2022 Allentown St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 20th.
 For all the news guys, every year IAFF Local 302 Allentown Fire Fighters march in the Allentown St. Patrick’s Day Parade with our brothers and sisters from the trades in the Labor division. The past couple years we have not attended do to the pandemic outbreak and some differences with with the parade committee. Everything has been worked out and we are ready to go.
 We will meet up and organize around 1130 in the Fairgrounds parking lot across from Ritz BBQ. The parade kicks off at 1300. There will be refreshments provided by Local 302 and the various trades.
 Come out and represent the Local while having a good time. Families are welcome and encouraged. More details will be sent out as we get closer.
Contact Jaws Sweed Tatum (484) 866-1606 to let him know you re coming.
Thanks and Solidarity,
IAFF Local 302 Executive Board

It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of retired Allentown Battalion Chief Robert Fatzinger. Bob joined AFD on March 25, 1968, and retired on January 1, 2008, as Battalion Chief of the 3rd platoon.
You will be deeply missed Chief. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
 Details will be posted as they are received.

Mr. Mayor,

I apologize for sending this correspondence as a email. I am currently out of town with multiple members of my Executive Board at a IAFF educational conference. This email is in reference to the COVID vaccination questionnaire and document uploading.

As Local 302 President I have encouraged and will continue to encourage all of my membership to get vaccinated. That being said it is the opinion of Local 302 that any information requests or mandates on behalf of the City of Allentown are mandatory subjects of bargaining. Therefore I have instructed my membership that they do not have to participate in the questionnaire.

To assist the City with regards of total numbers of employees vaccinated I have already supplied Mel with a total report of employees by vaccination status and how many have tested positive for the virus. I am in the process of updating the numbers and will continue to provide you with the whole units statistics, but not broken down by individual.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to me.