Tim Taylor joined the staff of the Georgia Fire Academy at GPSTC in 2007 as a Technical Rescue Instructor with a specialization in Rope Rescue. His first tasks as instructor included redesigning both the Confined Space and Vehicle Machinery Extrication Programs. Four years later, he was promoted to oversee the Georgia Basic Firefighter Training course as the program coordinator.
Prior to joining GPSTC he served as a Training Lieutenant with Clayton County Fire Department for thirty-three years. During his tenure with the Clayton County Fire Department, Taylor developed a passion for training firefighters and was quickly promoted into the Training Division, where he acted as the Training Coordinator and as lead instructor for Clayton’s Firefighter Recruit schools. Taylor also served as a Special Operations Instructor and was a member of the department’s Tactical Response Team, which provided special operations for the entire county. Additionally, as an active Clayton County Fire Department special committee member, Taylor played a key role in validating agency’s Training and Physical Fitness programs.
While employed with the Clayton County Fire Department, Taylor served as the Special Operations Training Instructor for the Georgia Search and Rescue Metro Task Force for four years. During that time, he also acted as lead instructor for several recruit classes.
Taylor was the third firefighter in the state of Georgia to earn the distinction of National Professional Qualifications Firefighter II. He also received awards for Valor, Rescue and several Unit Citation Awards while serving with the Clayton County Fire Department. Firehouse magazine has recognized Taylor for heroism and he has received a proclamation from the Fire and Insurance Commissioner’s offices for his attempted save of a trapped victim during a late night structure fire in 1995.
Taylor actively serves his community as an usher for Peoples Baptist Church in McDonough and as an athletic trainer and assistant football coach for Peoples Baptist Academy. He has also taught Fire Safety Education to Riverdale Elementary School students.
Tim is married to Kelly Taylor and has five children and two grandchildren.
Interior Search and Rescue
Structural Fire Control
Structural Fire Control Instructor
All Technical Rescue Programs
GA Certified Firefighter
GA POST General Instructor Certification
National Professional Qualifications Firefighter II
National Professional Qualifications Trench Rescue I & II
National Professional Qualifications Hazardous Materials Technician
National Professional Qualifications Rope Rescue Technician
National Professional Qualifications Confined Space Rescue Technician
Structural Collapse Rescue – Operations Level
National Professional Qualifications Instructional Techniques II
National Professional Qualifications Fire Officer III
Rescue 3 International Swift water Technician General Rescuer I
Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Extrication, National Transportation and Safety Board
Valor Award, Clayton County Fire Department
Rescue Award, Clayton County Fire Department
Unit Citation Award (multiple), Clayton County Fire Department
Georgia Firefighter of the Month, Office of the Insurance Commissioner
State of Georgia Proclamation for Bravery, Fire and Insurance Commissioner of Georgia
Honorable Mention, Firehouse Magazine’s Heroism Awards