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It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of retired Allentown Fire Inspector Herbert L. Miller.

It is with deep regret the Fire Chief announces the passing of retired Fire Inspector Herbert L. Miller. Flags at all Fire Stations are to be lowered to half-staff until further notice.

Arrangements if there are any will follow.

The city failed to provide healthcare rates for next year.  Attached you will find the rates for 2023.  Due to a grievance settlement, you have an open enrollment period until January 10, 2023, to enroll in the coverage for which you retired under.
As always a change of life occurrence allows for enrollment at any time.
Any questions or concerns please contact me at one of the following:
484 223 7276
Jeremy Warmkessel
**LOCAL 302 staff….please send a text blast out for everyone to check their city emails for these updates, or share this to a union email.​​**
I spoke with head of Frederick County, MD honor guard.  He is managing the logistics of the services.  This is a HUGE undertaking, so a lot of information is coming together in stages.  I will keep updating as I receive more information.
**NEW INFO ** There has also been a request by family for casket/urn watch for FF Zach Paris’s private viewing this Wednesday, December 14th from 0900-1100.  It will also be at NW Lehigh Middle School.  If there are any guys available to help with that, text me at 610-751-2703.  Ideally, they would like 2 FF in 15 min shifts.  If we do not get enough people, then we can make do with 1 per 15 min.  We are also reaching out to the other locals and to the county FDs.  I am not in charge of setting time slots at this time.  If there is only a specific time you are available, then let me know.  We will do the usual Class A with white gloves and badge band.  The Frederick County group is not arriving until Friday, with exception of the commander, who is coming Wednesday morning.  They are looking for people from local departments to help out for this one.
For Saturday………
Casket watch will take place from 0800-1400.  I am told they will be utilizing 4 FF every 15 min (2 FF per casket/urn.  This is a long time frame to fill.  Someone from the MD honor guard will be assigning time slots.  I will just be providing a list of available members and times they are available.
I was told they will have an area to change, and a rehab/food area for everyone.  Before the Wednesday and Saturday services start, he said we will all go over how to enter and stand guard.  If you come late, we will make sure we go over everything with you.
This event is expecting 5,000+ people.  
I have listed the people that have contacted me so far below.  If there is a specific time slot you are only available for, PLEASE let me know so I can send that to them.  I would imagine we will have time slot assignments by Friday.  Anyone else available to help for EITHER day, text me and let me know so I can send the list to the coordinator. Thanks.    -Lt Trumbore
J. Long 
Fire Department
641 S. 10th Street
Allentown, PA 18103
P: +1 (610) 437-7746
E: [email protected]

AFD and BFD are exporing a Honor Guard representation at the funerals for the 2 Volunteer Firefighters from Station 17 in New Tripoli.

Arrangements will be provided by Lt. Trumbore if interested.

Contact Lt. Trumbore at 610-751-2703

 High Importance for retirees!  The mailed card had improper info.
The Meeting is Monday, December 5, 2022, at 1500 at Knights of Columbus.
See attached.

Local 302 Retirees

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Allentown Retired Firefighters will take place on Thursday, September 8, 2022.  The meeting will be held at the Knights of Columbus 1519 Greenleaf St.  The meeting will start at 1500 hrs.

Hope to see you all there.


Terry Thompson”


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.