Get Involved - 2018

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Thank you for your interest in Rangering this year! We look forward to seeing you at training and rangering together in the woods! If you have any questions, please email

NOTE: To volunteer for the Firefly Rangers, we ask that you have either attended Firefly a previous year, or that you have extensive experience rangering at other burns.

Ranger Survey

Please fill out the Ranger survey! This will let you know that you are interested. Included is a list of dates when we offer Ranger training (you can also see list below.)

Training Overview

All Firefly Rangers are required to do training every year. We’ve greatly expanded the options for training in recent years, so please be patient!

In preparation for training, please review the materials in this wiki indicated below for your level of experience.

If you have any questions about your level of experience and requirements, email

"Full basic training" includes Policy & Procedure, Basic Ranger Skills, and Radio Basics. All off-site Firefly trainings include all of these. These are also covered by Black Rock City Ranger trainings (offered around the country), although we ask you to review our Policy & Procedures since many are Firefly-specific.

Alphas (1st year)

If this is your first year rangering, you will be an “alpha." You will need full basic training (see above).

You must have attended Firefly a previous year, or have rangering experience at another burn (if so, see section on New Experienced Rangers below.) If you have any questions, email

Choose a Ranger Handle

If you don’t already have a Ranger Handle, you will need one to be a Ranger! A Ranger Handle is a unique (i.e., no one else using it at Firefly this year), radio-friendly name that has some personal meaning to you. Most are two to three syllables. Please do not use your legal name.

If you would like to change your Ranger handle, please contact the Personnel Team

Shiny Pennies (2nd Year)

If this is your second year rangering, you are a “shiny penny”. You still need full basic training (see above) but you are invited to also take other trainings such as Echelon, Conflict Resolution, or Mentoring.

Returning Rangers (3rd+ Year)

If you have rangered two or more years, you will need to take P & P. If you haven’t done full training recently, we ask you to take Basic Ranger Skills.

You are also encouraged to take advanced training modules: Intro to Khaki (required for KIT & Khaki), Advanced Khaki I-Leadership Skills, Advanced Khaki II-Problem Solving, Conflict Resolution, Echelon, Mentoring, and ICS trainings.

New Experienced Rangers

We are always happy to have rangers joining us from other burns. Depending on your level of experience, you may be eligible for exceptions to training requirements. If have not been to Firefly before, we ask that you take our Firefly-specific Policy & Procedure, offered at all our trainings (including onsite.) Please contact for more information.

Please be aware that there are some differences between Firefly and other burns, particularly Burning man.

  • Layout. We expect all our rangers to be able to navigate Firefly effectively. Please take some time when you arrive to familiarize yourself with path names, major camps, and different areas/landmarks (eg, the Field, the Pool). You can also take a look at the map ahead of time.
  • We are a much smaller event (about 1000 participants), and as such everything is smaller.
  • Our ranger council is much smaller and hands-on that the BRC Ranger council
  • Echelon at Firefly is stationary at HQ. See Echelon description.
  • We do NOT have law enforcement, EMT, or Firefighters on site at all times.
  • We use ICS for emergencies. See ICS section.
  • We have a different Early Arrival process, as well as Exodus. If you have questions, please email

If you have any questions about your level of experience and requirements, email

2018 Ranger Training Opportunities

The Ranger survey includes these training dates. You only need to attend one of these. If you have to change your training date or none of these work for you, email

SFTY3RD, May 11-13, 2018 in Scarborough, Maine.


Register here; this weekend includes all possible trainings, including ICS. Highly recommended if you can make it!

MIT Trainings in June

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 6:30-10:30PM

Monday, June 11, 2018 6:30-10:30PM

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 6:30-10:30PM

Western MA (Northampton) training

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - exact time and location TBD Email for more information.

Black Rock Ranger Trainings

Sign up at

The Boston area BRR training date has not yet been announced.

Onsite Training

There will be a shortened onsite training on the first full day of the event, ONLY for out-of-town rangers who are unable to attend another training AND have approval to attend. Ranger leads will be in touch with anyone who indicates on the survey that they can't attend another training. Email for more information.

Shift sign up

***UPDATE!!! The shift schedule is a google doc this year. You will receive a link to it after your training date has been confirmed. If not email*****

You will need to have taken training OR you must be signed up for training in order to sign up for your shifts. As soon as we have a training date noted we will mark you as “trained” and send you an email about shift sign-up. (Note the button will still say “Requires: Ranger Training 2017”, try it anyway.) If you have any problems signing up for shifts, please email

ALPHAS ONLY: When you do sign up for shifts, your first shift will be as an “Alpha” ranger, where you walk with a mentor. Subsequent shifts will be regular “dirt” shifts.

Note: any "dirt" shift can be a mentor shift if there are alphas who need mentors, you have rangered at least one year, and you are comfortable mentoring.

See At-Event Ranger Roles for more details on eligibility for particular roles.

Graveyard & Late-in-Event Shifts

If you are able to do any 2am-6am shift, or any shifts from the Bug Burn onwards (Friday night onwards), PLEASE sign up for these shifts! We always have a hard time filling these shifts, and are very grateful to volunteers who take these on. (We also have a special item of swag for rangers who do these shifts.)

Keep In Touch

Any rangers who fill out the survey will be added to the ranger allcom list; you should also receive an invitation to join our Facebook group. Please keep an eye out for announcements!

If you have any questions, please email

Changes and Highlights for 2018

For returning Rangers, notes about what has changed since last year.

Calling First Aid/Medical Emergency Protocol

We will no longer be using "LOGIC-B" in training. Instead, we are emphasizing the need to include location and the nature and severity of the complaint. See the Medical Emergency page for more information.

Self-Service First Aid Supplies

This year, there will be a first Aid kit labeled "Self-Service" at Ranger HQ that participants can access upon request, without needing to call First Aid. See section on First Aid.

Khaki shifts now 6 hours instead of 8!

Khaki shifts will still be offset from general ranger shift change. Khaki shifts now change at 1AM, 7AM, 1PM, and 7PM.

Khaki reminders

Remember to announce over the radio any time Khaki changes (shift changes, KIT covering, etc.)

2018 Ranger Council Changes

New Ranger XO: Helix

New Communications Lead: Fermata

New Education Team Lead: Maverick

New Social Lead: Forest

New Emergency Coordinator: Grahambo

See Current Ranger leadership for more about the Ranger council.

Accessibility / Live animals

See the section on accessibility/ live animals.

Continue on to the next page: At-Event Ranger Roles