Lone Star Task Force

"Serving Those Who Serve Us"

After filling out new member application and passing background check, you will be contacted via email and added to our email list and facebook page if you have one. New members are encouraged to obtain the following certifications:

- IS. 100.b    

- IS. 317  

- IS. 700.a  

- IS. 809  

- First Aid/CPR/AED (Scheduled by LSTF)

Note: In order to take the FEMA IS online classes new members will need to apply for a FEMA ID number via this link: 


All   “IS” classes can be taken online through FEMA. Once complete print your certificates and bring to next meeting or you can email them to [email protected]

After completing the above training required for membership you will have many opportunities to take more training and advanced classes. Search & Rescue classes , Flood & Swift Water Rescue classes and more are available throughout the year.

We strive to not only provide professional assistance in the field but to also act and look professional while still being functional. Therefore LSTF has a standard for uniformity.

LSTF Uniform Standard


Standard Colors:

Shirt - "Navy Blue" Polo or button up with LSTF patch attached to left chest, T-Shirts also available

Pants – Coyote Tan, Khaki or Navy Blue (5.11, Tru Spec or other variation)

Footwear: 6” to 8” boot or hiking shoes (MUST support ankle)

Synthetic Belt to match footwear. (Riggers belt preferably)

The following is recommended equipment but not required to join or be involved in the organization.

Recommended Kit: (Details upon request)  

Note: Standard “Kit” color for all LSTF operations is “Coyote Tan

- Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK) (see Recommended IFAK component list below)

- Small Note Pad with 2 Pens

Optional (recommended supplies)

- Handheld GPS

- Headwear (LSTF Cap or Tan Cap, Tan Boonie Hat)

- 2 pair Extra Socks (hiking-type socks preferred) 

- Water Purification (filter, tablets, etc)

- Strobe Light

- Rain Gear (poncho, jacket, etc)

- Other Gear as you see fit

Recommended Radio Gear (Programming can be done upon request)

- Radio – 2-way, VHF/UHF dual-band

- Baofeng UV-82 w/ Extended Antenna (Nagoya NA-771 or similar)

- Puxing UV-973 w/ Extended Antenna (Nagoya NA-771 or similar)

- Yaesu FT-60R

- Yaesu VX-6R

- Kenwood TH-F6A

Radio Peripherals:

- Acoustic Tube Ear Piece (x2) (Avoid throat mics)

- 2-way hand microphone (BF-S112 for Boafeng and Puxing radios)

- 12vdc power adaptor for vehicle lighter socket

- SMA-Female to SO239 antenna adaptor (for Baofeng & Puxing radios)

- Dual-Band VHF/UHF external magnetic mount antenna (Tram 1185)

Recommended IFAK component list

Note: An Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK) is meant to be used on you and only for severe blood hemorrhage and/or airway issues. 

First Aid Pouch (Rip-away style preferred)

- (4) Large Nitrile Gloves

- (2) SOFT-T Wide or CAT Tourniquets

- (2) North American Rescue 4" Flat Dressing

- (2) Z-Pak Gauze

- (1) HALO/Asherman/Bolin Chest Seal 

- (1) Combat Medic Tape

- (1) Sharpie Marker

- EMT Shears

- (2) 4” Israeli Emergency Bandages

- (2) 4”x4” Gauze Pads

- 5 to 10ft of Gorilla-brand duct tape wrapped around plastic card

Members are encouraged to attend all field training exercises when available. If you miss one the information missed might not be covered again for some time. If available make up classes will be provided. We encourage all members to seek further education in medical, search & rescue as well as getting their Ham license to operate on repeater networks.