Grand Forks Fire Department Battalion Chief Kelli Flermoen has successfully completed the prestigious Executive Fire Officer program, offered by the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy.
Flermoen is the first to complete the program in the Grand Forks Fire Department and one of a select few firefighters in North Dakota to do so. The program is designed to provide senior fire officers an understanding of the need to transform fire organizations from being reactive to proactive – with an emphasis on leadership development, prevention and risk reduction.
“This is a tremendous plus for the Grand Forks Fire Department,” said Grand Forks Fire Chief Peter O’Neill. “I admire Battalion Chief Flermoen’s dedication to the educational process and applaud her efforts.”
The program consists of a unique series of four courses – each two weeks in length – that span a four-year period. Following each course, the participant had to complete an applied research project that relates to their organization.
Flermoen, who has been with the Grand Forks Fire Department since January, 1996 has been a Battalion Chief since May 2011.