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Office of State Fire Marshal

Brian Taylor

Chief State Fire Marshal & Senior Deputy Commissioner

Brian Taylor, Chief State Fire Marshal and Senior Deputy Commissioner

Brian Taylor Photograph (Color), (BW)

Brian Taylor’s passion for the fire service began long before the age of sixteen, when he joined as a junior firefighter with the Center Rural Volunteer Fire Department where he is currently still a member. He followed in his father’s and his mentor’s footsteps joining the fire service. His father, Toby Taylor (Assistant Chief) and his mentor, Vaughn Rummage (Chief) are still active to date.

Upon completion of high school, Brian attended Stanly Community College for Criminal Justice and Protective Services. When in 1992 he was hired as a firefighter with the City of Albemarle. During this time, he also began working with the Stanly County Fire Marshal’s Office as a part time Fire Inspector / Investigator. In October of 2000 Brian was promoted to Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Albemarle. Also, where he had the distinction of serving as the longest Safe Kids Coordinator in North Carolina for nineteen years. Brian has many North Carolina fire and rescue certifications, advanced training with the National Fire Academy, as well as completion of UNC-Charlotte Fire and Rescue Management Institute and UNC School of Government.

Brian has been an active member in his community serving on a wide number of boards such as: Partnership for Children, Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, Stanly County Partners in Health, Friends of Butterfly House Child Advocacy Center, and Crime Stoppers Stanly County. He has also been a charter member of the New Hope Optimist Club, a member of the Albemarle Rotary Club, and has coached youth sports for twenty-five years.

Appointed under Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey, Chief State Fire Marshal and Senior Deputy Commissioner of Insurance Brian Taylor oversees the seven divisions of the Office of State Fire Marshal. Brian and his wife Kathy Taylor reside in Albemarle and have five children and two grandchildren.