Meet the Fire Chief

phil welch

Phillip Bryson Welch Jr. is the 18th Fire Chief to serve the City of Gastonia Fire Department since it began in 1901.

Chief Welch is a 2004 Executive Fire Officer Graduate of the National Fire Academy, Emmitsburg, Maryland. He has received the Chief Fire Officer Designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence. He has earned a Master's Degree in Executive Fire Service Leadership, a BS Degree in Fire and Safety Engineering, an AAS in Fire Science, an AAS in Emergency Preparedness Technology and an AAS in Business Administration. He is Past-President of the North Carolina State Firemen's Association and a Board Member on the North Carolina Fire / Rescue Commission. Chief Welch has increasingly contributed personal and organization leadership within the community, the state, and the nation.



Gastonia, N.C., just minutes west of Charlotte, is one of the area’s best places to live and work with an ideal combination of location, size and livability. Gastonia is the largest of Gaston County’s 13 municipalities and one of the largest cities in the Charlotte metropolitan area. Selected as an All-America City three times, Gastonia’s desirable quality of life is the result of its beautiful natural surroundings, friendly neighborhoods, responsive government and vibrant business environment.


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Gastonia, NC 28052