Chief State Fire Marshal, Assistant Commissioner
Chief State Fire Marshal Brian Taylor was appointed in 2017 by NC Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey and oversees the eight divisions within the Office of State Fire Marshal. He also serves as the Executive Director of the N.C. Fire and Rescue Commission and is the State Fire Training Director. Chief Taylor is on the Board of Directors of National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) and serves as Secretary/Treasurer and Chairman of the NASFM Community Risk Reduction (CRR) committee.
He started his fire service career in 1988 as a volunteer firefighter at the Norwood Center Rural VFD. He worked through the ranks to Assistant Chief and is still a member of the department.
His first career position was with the Stanly County Fire Marshal's Office as a part-time fire inspector/investigator and was then hired as a firefighter with the City of Albemarle. Chief Taylor held the position of Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Albemarle for 25 years. He was also North Carolina's longest serving SAFE KIDS coordinator for Stanly County, holding the position for almost 20 years.
Chief Taylor holds many fire and rescue certifications and has advanced training with the National Fire Academy, UNC School of Government and UNC Charlotte Fire and Rescue Management Institute.
He is very active in his community and has served on several boards and councils.