"INSTRUCTOR of the YEAR"

The Connecticut Fire Department Instructors Association is proud to announce that the 2002 "Instructor of the Year" recipient is Frederica Weeks of the Ellington Volunteer Fire Department.

This announcement was made at the Connecticut Fire Department Instructors Association annual dinner on Thursday, October 3rd held at the Veterans Memorial Hall in East Hartford, CT.

The annual award is given to a member of the CFDIA who, through their personal effort and instruction, has made an impact on the education and safety of fire fighters in the State of Connecticut. This year, Frederica Weeks best exemplifies this award.

Weeks, a member of Ellington Volunteer Fire Department since October 1984, is currently Deputy Chief  & Training Officer and is responsible for overseeing a year round schedule of Firefighter, Rescue and EMS training along with specialized operation training and Fire Officer level educational activities.

Ellington Volunteer Fire Department is a 50 member department, the 1st all volunteer fire department to have all line officers certified at the minimum of Fire Officer 1.

Her duties also include the Coordination of Public Fire Prevention and Education programs for the department, which annually delivers over thirty different programs to the youth, elderly and business community within the town. Weeks also sits on the department Health and Safety and EMS Committees.

Weeks was also a Past recipient of The Ellington Volunteer Fire Department Fire Fighter of the Year Award.

Since September of 1994, Weeks has been a member of the UCONN Fire Department in Farmington where she was hired as a Paramedic Fire Fighter. She was promoted to Lieutenant in December of 1998. She was instrumental in developing the Driver Certification Program for the UCONN FD.

In 1996, Weeks was hired by the Connecticut Fire Academy as a part-time instructor where she teaches in the Fire Fighter Program, Fire Officer Program, and Public Fire Education and Emergency Medical Service programs.

From 2001 to 2002, Weeks held the office of Vice President of the CFDIA where she also served on the Joint Fire Service Council. As a Vice-President, she was chairman of the CFDIA Annual Fire Apparatus that was held in Rocky Hill, Connecticut in May of 2002.

Weeks is described as a dependable, hard working, person who truly cares for the students that she instructs.

As quoted by outgoing CFDIA President David Bowen of the Meriden Fire Department, "The Connecticut Fire Service is very fortunate to have Weeks as an Instructor as we strive to meet the new upcoming challenges in our profession".