Fire Management Staff



Nathan Trauernicht, MPA, CFO, MIFireE

Fire Chief 

Hometown: Lincoln, NE

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.

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Mike Taylor

Deputy Fire Chief -Training and Safety

Hometown: San Rafael, CA 

Serving in the fire service for more than 19 years, Michael Taylor has a diverse background that includes positions ranging from Firefighter to Fire Deputy Chief for a variety of fire departments of varying size and complexity.

Currently a Deputy Chief for the UC Davis and City of Davis Fire Departments, Chief Taylor provides general administration and oversight of the department’s training programs in partnership with the West Valley Regional Fire Training Consortium (WVRFTC).  Additionally he is responsible for the supervision, management, coordination, leadership, and safety of five fire companies within the two organizations.

Chief Taylor earned his Bachelors degree in Social Sciences from Chico State University with a primary focus in Public Administration and a secondary focus in Community Health.  Beyond his formal education he is highly certified by the California State Fire Marshal’s Office Training Division.

He is currently pursuing designation as a Chief Fire Officer (CFO) through the Center for Public Safety Excellence.

Michael is a nationally recognized instructor on the topics of Fire Ground Operation as part of the No One Left Behind training group.

Chief Taylor was also instrumental in founding, implementing and the success of the West Valley Regional Fire Training Consortium.  The Consortium is a partnership between the University of California – Davis, City of Davis, City of West Sacramento, and City of Woodland Fire Departments to provide outstanding all risk training to the member agencies from a centralized training Division.  Mike was the Consortium’s first Training Captain and made significant contributions to its success.