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IAFC, 1-800-BOARDUP Announce Chief’s Edge Scholarship Winners

Chantilly, Va. – The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and 1-800-BOARDUP are pleased to announce five scholarship awards for women chief officers to attend Chief's Edge at Fire-Rescue International (FRI), August 8-11, in Dallas, Texas. The inaugural scholarship program was developed to promote executive-level development for women chief officers in fire and EMS.

The scholarships include complimentary registration for the Chief’s Edge leadership program on Tuesday, August 7, and all-access registration for FRI. The 2018 scholarship winners are:

  • Chief Kelli Flermoen, Minot (North Dakota) Fire Department
  • Battalion Chief Zina Gresham, DeKalb County (Georgia) Fire Rescue
  • Assistant Chief Stephanie Harpring, Thornton (Colorado) Fire Department
  • Battalion Chief Marci Stone, Roanoke (Virginia) Fire-EMS
  • Assistant Chief Sarah McCrea, Las Vegas (Nevada) Fire & Rescue

FRI, the annual conference and expo of the IAFC, provides senior-level leadership training to fire chiefs. As an organization, the IAFC represents the world's leading experts in the first responder community.

Chief's Edge is an intense seminar which takes a fresh look at leadership principles, fosters extensive peer-to-peer interaction, and provides the practical skills needed to become a more effective leader. Participants will:

  • Establish an invaluable network of peers
  • Learn proven leadership techniques for success
  • Discover valuable and practical real-world knowledge
  • Develop new skills that enable you to lead strategically
  • Improve your ability to navigate challenging situations

“We’re deeply honored and excited to partner with the IAFC by offering these scholarships,” says 1-800-BOARDUP marketing and communication director, Audrey Aviles. “It’s a privilege to come alongside IAFC’s vision and program goals by giving the winners an opportunity to represent their communities and departments, as well as be a part of this valuable development experience.”

For more information, please contact Audrey Aviles, director of marketing and communication, at 904-758-8000 ext.1141 or audreyaviles@1-800BOARDUP.com

About the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)
The IAFC represents the leadership of firefighters and emergency responders worldwide. IAFC members are the world's leading experts in firefighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous materials spills, natural disasters, search and rescue, and public safety legislation. Since 1873, the IAFC has provided a forum for its members to exchange ideas, develop professionally and uncover the latest products and services available to first responders. Learn more
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