Delaware County has appointed a career firefighter as their new director for emergency services and emergency management.

Timothy Boyce, of Upper Darby, the District Attorney's current homeland security coordinator, began his career as a volunteer firefighter in 1982. He was named Deputy Chief of Fire Operations for the Upper Darby Fire Department in 1989.

After the Sept 11, 2001 terrorist attack in New York City, Boyce led two teams of firefighters to assist at Ground Zero.

Boyce holds a Master of Science in Public Safety from St. Joseph University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Temple University.

In 2007, Boyce was appointed the District Attorney's first community preparedness coordinator.

"His expertise and leadership makes him an exemplary candidate for this position," said Mario Civera Jr., chairman of the county council.

Boyce replaces Edwin Truitt who retired after 40 years at the county.