Brian Taylor

State Fire Marshal

Brian Taylor's journey in the fire service commenced at the age of 16 when he joined the Norwood Center Rural Volunteer Fire Department as a Junior firefighter, and a Fire Explorer with Post 17 at the Albemarle Fire Department. Brian pursued his education at Stanly Community College, where he focused on general studies. In 1992, he embarked on his professional career as a firefighter with the City of Albemarle. Simultaneously, he contributed his expertise part-time to the Stanly County Fire Marshal's Office, serving as a Fire Inspector and Investigator.

In October 2000, Brian's dedication and capabilities led to his promotion to the position of Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Albemarle. Brian holds many fire and rescue certifications in North Carolina and has undertaken advanced training and certificate programs with respected organizations such as the National Fire Academy, UNC School of Government, and UNC Charlotte Fire and Rescue Management Institute.

In his position as North Carolina’s First Independent State Fire Marshal, Brian Taylor was appointed and reports to the General Assembly, pending confirmation of both legislative chambers. He has oversight of the eight divisions within the Office of State Fire Marshal. In this pivotal role, he also serves as the Executive Director of the NC Fire and Rescue Commission, NC Fire Training Director with North American Fire Training Directors (NAFTD), and as a Commissioner on the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC).

On the national stage, Brian serves as Vice President of the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) and contributes to various national committees. Brian and his wife Kathy make their home in Albemarle, where they raise their five children and have the pleasure of four grandchildren.