Chief Nathan Trauernicht, City of Davis & UC Davis (California) Fire Departments
I started my career, like many; in a fire explorer program then progressed to become a volunteer firefighter, then to leading career/combination department operations, training, and prevention bureaus as I worked through the ranks from Firefighter to Fire Chief. I’ve been afforded the opportunity to intimately understand, the challenges and risks faced by the brave men and women of volunteer, combination, and career departments having worked in all three. In my fire service career, it has never been enough for me to simply be a bystander in this job; I’ve wanted to make a difference – a positive change. There is no topic more important than Safety Health and Survival and no group in the industry doing more in the field than the SHS Section. I believe I bring a large network and diverse experience base that will complement the efforts of the Board and help push the Section’s initiatives into the future. Firefighter Safety is at the center of everything we should be doing for ourselves, our loved ones, and the communities we serve. Science, technology, and research have never played a more instrumental role in changing our culture than they do today. The work of FSTAR, NIST, UL, the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute and countless others is making it harder not to embrace changes that help us all survive and thrive. But there is still more to be done. As a board member, I look forward to working to connect firefighters to best practices, research, techniques, and tools that will help ensure that everyone goes home. Cancer prevention, cardiac health, responder fitness, suicide prevention (PTSD), anti-bullying, and firefighter burn prevention are the causes closest to my heart and issues that I hope to add to our Section’s continued progress.