Melissa is currently a firefighter of 5 years at Hamel Fire Department, 2 years as a police reserve for Corcoran Police Department, and a Security Officer at Methodist Hospital of 1 year. Melissa has been training search and rescue dogs since 2016. Melissa is currently a K-9 Handler for Minnesota K9 Search Specialists who work directly with Minnesota Task Force 1. She currently has 2 dogs certified: Caia, a German Shepherd, is Type III disaster certified for live find, and Royal, a Belgian Malinois, is a Type II disaster certified for human remains. Melissa also holds numerous certifications from FEMA (ICS 100, 200, 500, 700, 800, 809, IS-00035.18, IS-00907, IS-00906, IS-00005) Along with being certified with SARTECH II through NASAR and certified as a Canine Search Specialist.