PTF Situation Unit- Black Swan Exercise, Bahamas, 2013


The Pathfinders Task Force® has two teams per state that can function independently of each other. Each team consists of the following types of members: State Coordinator, Team Coordinator, Assistant Team Coordinator, Team Secretary, Sergeant at Arms, and Member. Once you register to join Pathfinders you will have the option to register for a leadership position on one of our teams.

The Pathfinders Task Force® helps coordinate and rapid field-train responders to reach tens-of-thousands of disaster survivors at their front doors within days, while seeking out and resolving the unmet special needs of vulnerable populations using software that provides situational awareness to Command. PTF and current responders collect incident data. This data is then analyzed and provided to Command via customized reports by way of Executive Summaries. PTF also uses the pre-sorted and sanitized data for Situation Unit updates which are concise but thorough—with no extra burden on the local Command. Pathfinders IT section provides Google Earth, Tableau, and ESRI views, with geocoded, time date stamped, Excel sortable data for an unparalleled efficiency and management tool in disaster operations—either in or out of network connectivity. An “A” team is available for short term, or long term work to rapid train others within a disaster zone. A local emergency manager can task the startup Liaison Package of 1-3 personnel as the first step.

Air Ops Mission, BP Oil Spill, Louisiana, 2010

PTF Awards Dinner, West Palm Beach, FL 2012


The State Coordinator is responsible for all Team Coordinators and Assistant Team Coordinators for their state chapter, and must stay in contact with all necessary personnel in their section. State Coordinators are responsible for contacting all State and Emergency Managers and CERT teams in their sections, and should arrange to meet with them to give them overall background/knowledge of the Pathfinders Task Force® Teams and our members within their state on the teams. You will be responsible for showing how your team would be a vital asset during any disaster, emergency, non-emergency, or training. Educate them on what training we can offer and extend them an invitation to attend quarterly team meetings.

It is vital that the State Coordinator make inroads with these state and local emergency managers along with other agencies as well, such as Highway/State Patrol, Red Cross, Fire Stations, Schools, and Hospitals. All of these connections are vital when there is a disaster so that local authorities know about the resources we have available at their fingertips!


Team Coordinators are responsible for the overall section of their team and maintaining contact with all team members. When new temembers come aboard it is the Team Coordinator's responsibility to contact them, provide an orientation, and let them know when and where meetings are to get them involved. It is necessary to work with the Assistant Coordinator to hold a quarterly team meeting, which are great networking opportunities for members. It will be your responsibility to run the quarterly meetings and task other committee members to help prepare or present. It is also a very good idea to bring in your local emergency or state menager to speak to the group.

Ministry of Environment / PTF Meeting, Jacmel, Haiti, 2014

USAF Property Buyouts Project, West Palm Beach, FL 2013


The Assistant Team Coordinator is responsible for helping the State Coordinator and Team Coordinator. Some job duties include: Finding meeting rooms for monthly/quartly meetings, Encouraging all team members to attend meetings, Making introductions to new team members, and carrying out any duties, responsibilities, or tasks assigned to them by the State and/or the Team Coordinator


The Team Secretary is responsible for keeping minutes of each meeting and after each meeting sending these minutes to the State and Team Coordinators as well as the PTF headquarters office. The Team Secretary is also responsible for reading past minutes at each meeting.

USAF Property Buyouts Project, West Palm Beach, FL 2013

PTF Security, Black Swan Mass Rescue Exercise, Bahamas 2013


The Sergeant at Arms is responsible for maintaning security throughout all meetings, and mandating the entrance during all meetings.


Each committee will consist of ten members to sit on and be available to the Team Coordinator assisting with quarterly Team meetings, and assisting the State Coordinator and Assistant Coordinator when needed.

Community Redevelopment Meeting, West Palm Beach, FL 2012

Disaster Chaplain Assistance, Hurricane Isaac, Palm Beach County, 2012


The chaplain is responsible for running religious services for the organization. There should be a chaplain for each Pathfinder team, and these Chaplains may need to respond to a disaster to provide emergency services for survivors and victims.