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Meet Timothy: A Community Leader

Timothy Gregg


“Attending HACC was a life-changing event for me. I gained the communication and leadership skills that are helping me be a more effective public administrator and involved member of my community.”

Timothy M. Gregg
Fire Science, 1995

Tim Gregg serves as a role model for today’s HACC students and has given back to his community for many years as a retired fire chief of the City of Lancaster. He improved the operational efficiency of the Bureau of Fire and Rescue, saving the city $450,000 annually. He developed a citywide recruiting effort to hire a more diverse workforce and built regional cooperation by organizing a Metro Rapid Intervention Team.

Tim’s career has revolved around Lancaster’s Bureau of Fire and Rescue. After serving in the U.S. Navy, Tim joined the bureau as a firefighter in 1985. During the next 20 years, he climbed the ranks and was promoted to lieutenant in 1992, captain in 1999, battalion chief in 2002 and fire chief in 2006. While working, Tim also continued his education. He earned an associate degree from HACC in 1995; a bachelor’s degree in business management, economics and fire administration from Empire State College in Saratoga Springs, New York; and a master’s degree in public safety management from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

He is also a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s executive fire officer program and has two published research papers in the Fire Academy’s library.

Tim has also given back to his profession through the board of directors of the Lancaster City Fire Foundation and the Lancaster City Fire Pension Fund and vice president of the Pennsylvania Career Fire Chiefs Association.