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Grand Forks Fire Department Battalion Chief Kelli Flermoen. Grand Forks has two female firefighters, both hired 15 years ago. Herald photo by John Stennes.

Grand Forks hopes to fire up more female firefighters

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Kelli Flermoen doesn't think of herself as a number.

She's a firefighter.

But she is one of just two females of the 63 uniformed firefighters with the Grand Forks Fire Department.

That figure is very close to the national average, where women are less than 4 percent of the work force, according to a Cornell University study published in 2008.

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