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.

 

Jwarm74@yahoo.com

 

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.  

Stay updated on COVID-19 resources and guidance for IAFF members at www.iaff.org/coronavirus.

IAFF Local 302 Allentown Firefighters stand side-by-side with the citizens of Allentown in the fight against the Coronavirus.

A steadfast partnership with our community. IAFF Local 302 Allentown Firefighters stand by the side of our local restaurants in these uncertain times. We have given each Firehouse on each shift money to purchase 48 dinners from Allentown restaurants. We are here to help the City of Allentown come out of this stronger than ever.

Coronavirus is everywhere!  Or so it seems.  The virus is actually one of several kinds of corona viruses.  The one in the news every day is responsible for a cluster of symptoms called COVID-19 which is an abbreviation for Coronavirus Disease 2019.  The disease is bordering on pandemic and more cases are appearing almost daily.  Keep things in perspective though.  To date worldwide there have been a little over 87,000 cases with just under 3000 deaths.  Contrast that with the flu.  This year alone in the US there have been between 32 – 45 MILLION flu cases with at least 18,000 deaths and maybe as many as 46,000 deaths.  Over 95,000 of those cases were in PA with about 2300 hospitalizations and 66 deaths.  The numbers vary because of the way the CDC collects data.  The takeaway is that the coronavirus is scary but your chances of exposure are low compared to the flu.  With that said, 25 firefighters in Washington state were put in quarantine over the weekend when it was discovered they responded to a nursing home where the virus was found.  Imagine the burden to the firefighters’ families in fear, logistics and possible lost wages, to their department in overtime and scheduling and to the community with what must be a significant part of its firefighting forces locked away for a couple of weeks!  Luckily the IAFF has been following the situation closely and has provided recommendations. Frequent hand washing, N95 use and universal precautions are a must. The fire service is on the leading edge of the near pandemic.  Here are some links you can follow to learn more and BE PREPARED!

CDC Webpage on COVID-19:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

 

IAFF Coronavirus Information page:

https://www.iaff.org/coronavirus/