COLCHESTER — After more than four decades as a volunteer fireman, David Weissenstein retired from the Colchester Fire Department earlier this week, on March 1.
“I am blessed to have had the opportunity to serve this great town,” Weissenstein said.
Weissenstein first volunteered with the fire service at the Malletts Bay station, before serving as its chief. In July 2020, Weissenstein became the Assistant Chief of Administration when the new, unified Colchester Fire Department became official.
In that post, he oversaw the department’s medical first response operations and was responsible for recruitment and retention of department members.
Weissenstein said it was important for him to see the new fire department come to fruition before retiring.
“The new department has done very well, despite the challenges of the pandemic,” he said.
Weissenstein grew up in Manhattan, New York. As a young student, he was first introduced to emergency services through first aid courses he took with the American Red Cross disaster relief program.
After high school, he enrolled at the University of Vermont. He’s called Vermont home since then and Colchester is where he and his wife raised all of their children.
Weissenstein has also served as a member of Colchester Rescue and is a state-certified EMT. He previously served on the Colchester selectboard, the Colchester Fire District #2 Prudential Committee and on the Colchester Cemetery Commission.
As the fire department’s call volume continues to increase, Weissenstein hopes more people will sign up to volunteer with the department in order to match that need.
“As a volunteer, you put a lot in and get a lot out,” he said.
In retirement, Weissenstein is looking forward to visiting family once it becomes safe to do so and to spending time with his wife, who he said has been incredibly supportive throughout his career.
“I’m not going far away,” Weissenstein said. “I’m looking forward to still going down to the station and having a coffee every now and then.”