The Fairfield Regional Fire School is Dedicated and Named after former Fairfield Fire Captain and Training Officer Joseph Elias. Captain Joe was a model fire officer and instructor. Most senior members of the department still speak of what they learned from him. Captain Joe's teaching style is still talked about and envied.
Captain Joe started with the Fairfield Fire Department in 1950. He was the first Training Officer of the Fairfield Fire Department serving in that capacity from 1966 until 1980 when he "retired".
But who really retires? Captain Joe was so dedicated to the department that he returned in the early 1990's to help the department train a class of 13 new firefighters to become pump operators.