Serving in the fire service since 1993, Nathan J. Trauernicht is the Fire Chief for the University of California – Davis, providing overall leadership and direction to a 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 brightest up and coming professionals. In large part this recognition can be attributed to a series of innovative programs he championed including introducing the life-saving smartphone application PulsePoint, the vision behind the multi-agency training division known as the West Valley Regional Fire Training Consortium, developing Fit for Fire which introduces the community to the fire service through a challenging group fitness class, and co-creating/leading the International Association of Fire Chief’s (IAFC) Diversity Executive Leadership Program (iDELP).
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 Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) United States of America Branch, President of the Oklahoma State University Alumni Assn. – Chief Fire Officers Chapter, Co-Chair of California FirstNet (CalFRN), Secretary on the Board of Directors of the IAFC Safety Health & Survival Section, is a Past President of the California Fire Chiefs Association (CFCA), and two-time Past President of the CFCA – Operations Chiefs Section.