The South Texas Arson Response Team (START) was initiated as a response to the need for a resource to investigate significant fire incidents in South Texas.  START is a cooperative effort of the South Texas Fire Investigators Association and is supported by the member agencies.



The primary objectives of START are:

  • To concentrate investigative resources and expertise on those incidents and investigations that are clearly beyond the resources, capabilities, and expertise of any member agency.
  • To provide a timely and sustained response capability to such situations when requested.
  • To provide training to START members and others interested in improving their fire investigation skills.

START Membership

START membership requires the following:

1. Active or Associate membership in the South Texas Fire Investigators Association.

2. A properly executed Inter-Local Agreement by the member’s sponsoring agency.

3. A completed application for START Membership.

4. Submission of an updated Curriculum Vitae.