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Faces of Homeland Security: Fred Taylor

Fred Taylor, Acting Regional Commander for Region 2
Infrastructure Security Compliance Division, NPPD
New York, NY

On September 11, 2001, Fred Taylor responded to the World Trade Center terrorist attacks and assisted in the rescue effort. As a Supervisory Fire Marshal with the New York City Fire Department, he was subsequently assigned to oversee recovery operations for the Bureau of Fire investigation of the New York City Fire Department, including the identification, collection and preservation of evidentiary material recovered at Ground Zero.

After 9/11, Taylor continued his service in the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) – he joined in 1989 – where he supervised security checks of foreign and U.S.-flagged vessels prior to their entry or departure at the ports of New York and New Jersey and led efforts to ensure that waterfront facilities complied with maritime transportation security standards.

In recognition of his active duty service with the Coast Guard after 9/11, Taylor received the 9/11 Medal from the Department of Transportation, the USCG Global War Terrorism Medal, the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation, the USCG Achievement Medal and the USCG Team Commendation Ribbon.

After 21 years of service, Taylor retired from the Coast Guard in October 2010 and now supports the Department’s efforts to secure high-risk chemical facilities by overseeing the implementation of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. CFATS establishes risk-based performance standards for the security of high-risk chemical facilities.

NPPD works to reduce risks to the Nation through five mission areas: protect the Nation’s citizens and visitors against dangerous people and goods, protect the Nation’s physical infrastructure, protect and strengthen the Nation’s cyber and communications infrastructure, strengthen the Department’s risk management platform, and strengthen partnerships and foster collaboration and interoperability.

Last Published Date: March 5, 2013
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