Serving in the fire service since 1993, Nathan Trauernicht has a diverse background that includes positions ranging from Firefighter to Fire Chief with departments across the country. He has worked for volunteer, combination, and career departments of varying size and complexity.
Chief Trauernicht earned his undergraduate degree in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering from Oklahoma State University and he holds a master’s degree in public administration. Beyond completing the Executive Leadership and Management Institute (ELMI) at Stanford University, Nathan is a graduate of the UC Davis Executive Program, Member of the Institution of Fire Engineers (MIFireE), is designated as a Chief Fire Officer® (CFO) by the Center for Public Safety Excellence, and is currently in the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program (EFO).
Nathan has lectured on the topic of generational leadership challenges at many conferences, and has taught college courses in company officer and chief officer level incident command. For four years he served as a Command Staff member on CalFire Incident Management Team 5, a type I command team that responds to large scale emergencies throughout California.
Chief Trauernicht is active in a number of professional groups, boards and committees; he currently serves as President Elect of the California Fire Chiefs Association (CalChiefs) and as Past President of the CalChiefs - Operations Chiefs Section, is Chair of the Yolo County Emergency Medical Care Committee, is appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Fire Service Research Center and Policy Institute, and on technical committees for NFPA 1000 (Accreditation) and NFPA 1021 (Fire Officer Professional Qualifications).
Nathan joined UC Davis Fire in May of 2008 as the Assistant Fire Chief of the Operations and Training Divisions. Appointed Fire Chief of the UC Davis Fire Department in February of 2012, he provides overall leadership and direction to the department, as well as oversees administration of the department’s budget, planning, operation, and business functions.