Nathan Trauernicht

UC Davis Fire Department

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UC Davis Fire Department
Silver Most Valuable Member


Serving in the fire service since 1993, Nathan J. Trauernicht has a diverse background that includes positions ranging from Firefighter to Fire Chief with departments across the country.

Currently Fire Chief for University of California – Davis, Chief Trauernicht provides overall leadership and direction to the department that serves a population of over 40,000.

Nathan was recognized by the Sacramento Business Journal as one of its 40 Under 40 for 2015, representing the region’s youngest and brightest professionals. In large part this recognition can be attributed to a series of innovative programs he championed including introducing the life-saving smart phone application PulsePoint, the vision behind the multi-agency training division known as the West Valley Regional Fire Training Consortium, and Fit for Fire which introduces the community to the fire service through a challenging group fitness class.

Nathan earned his undergraduate degree in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering from Oklahoma State University and 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), and is designated as a Chief Fire Officer® (CFO), Chief EMS Officer® (CEMSO), and as a Chief Training Officer® (CTO) by the Center for Public Safety Excellence.

Chief Trauernicht is active in a number of professional groups, boards and committees; he currently serves as President of the Oklahoma State University Alumni Assn. - Chief Fire Officers Chapter, is a Past President of the California Fire Chiefs Association (CFCA), two time Past President of the CFCA - Operations Chiefs Section, is appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Fire Service Research Center and Policy Institute, and on technical committees for NFPA 1000 and NFPA 1021.