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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 rangers@fireflyartscollective.org.

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

Ranger Volunteer Form

Please fill out the 2024 Ranger Volunteer Form 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 make some changes each year, 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 rangers@fireflyartscollective.org


*****THIS SECTION IS STILL BEING UPDATED FOR 2024.****

Trainings in 2024 will be in 3 parts:

1-Intros and Policy & Procedure Highlights (Anyone Rangering at Firefly should attend)

2-Basic Ranger training (All other P & P info, Basic Skills, Radio)

3-Scenarios

For most trainings (any in June), Khaki training will be offered at the same time as Basic Training.


We will also be asking that all Ranger read the manual BEFORE training.


"Full basic training" covers these parts of this wiki / manual: Policy & Procedure, Basic Ranger Skills, and Radio Basics. All off-site Firefly trainings include all of these. Basic Ranger Skills & Radio Basics 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 rangers@fireflyartscollective.org

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 ranger-personnel@lists.fireflyartscollective.org.

Returning Rangers (2nd Year)

If this is your second year rangering, you are a “shiny penny”. You still need full basic training.

Returning Rangers (3rd+ Year)

If you have rangered two or more years, you will need to attend the first (30-45 min) of training, Policy & Procedure Highlights. If you haven’t done full training recently, we ask you to take stay for the rest of the Basic Ranger Training, or you can take Intro to Khaki (required for KIT & Khaki).

We recommend looking at these these advanced sections (not offered as training in 2024): Conflict Resolution, Mentoring, Advanced Khaki I-Leadership Skills, Advanced Khaki II-Problem Solving, Echelon.

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 attend the first (30-45 min) of training, Policy & Procedure Highlights. offered at all our trainings (including onsite.) Please contact rangers@fireflyartscollective.org 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 1500 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 or Firefighters on site at all times. We have contracted EMTs & Security.
  • We use ICS for emergencies, but only require that dirt Rangers know to check in with Khaki or the OOD.
  • We have a different Early Arrival process, as well as Exodus. If you have questions, please email rangers@fireflyartscollective.org.

If you have any questions about your level of experience and requirements, email rangers@fireflyartscollective.org

Ranger Training Opportunities

Complete the 2024 Ranger Volunteer Form to sign up for one of 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 rangers@fireflyartscollective.org. We strongly suggest attending one of the pre-event trainings, especially in-person for new Rangers, if you are able to.

Pre-Event Firefly Ranger Training June 2024

Online (Zoom): Wednesday June 5, 2024, 7PM

In person (MIT):  Tuesday June 11, 2024, 6:30PM

In person (Northeastern University):  Thursday June 20, 2024, 6:30PM

Online (Zoom): Wednesday June 26, 2024, 7PM

Black Rock Ranger Trainings

Sign up at http://rangers.burningman.org/training/

The Boston area BRR training date has not yet been announced. If you attend BRR training, we ask that you still attend the first part (30-45 minutes) of Firefly Ranger Training (Policy & Procedure Highlights) for Firefly-specific info.

Onsite Training

At Firefly (Ranger HQ): Wednesday July 3, 2024, 2PM

We strongly suggest attending one of the pre-event trainings in Cambridge if you are able to, as onsite training is often shortened and intended for out-of-town rangers. Email rangers@fireflyartscollective.org for more information.

Shift sign up

2024 sign up through volunteer system: https://volunteer.fireflyartscollective.org/team/384 . Once you fill out the 2024 Ranger Volunteer Form, we will update your qualifications to include "Ranger Training 2024" and you can sign up for shifts. Shift sign up will begin on Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at noon.

New Rangers ("ALPHAS"): 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” (walking) or "echelon" (stay at HQ) 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 rangers@fireflyartscollective.org.

Changes and Highlights for 2024

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

2024 Ranger Council Changes

Ranger Co-Leads: Roomba & Dolphin

Other council members: KT, Tall German, KitKat

See Current Ranger leadership for more about the Ranger council.

2024 Changes

  • T-shirts will be changing to light (pistachio) green
  • We are reorganizing the ranger training to have a much policy & procedure highlights part, a designated scenario part, and will be expecting all volunteer to look at the wiki before training.
  • We are adding a short quick read page: Welcome to the Firefly Rangers (still being developed)
  • We will provide more in-depth training than 2023.
  • We will try to accommodate volunteers with limited mobility who want to volunteer for Echelon by scheduling low-mobility alpha shifts on a case-by-case basis.
  • Fire core volunteers are not always available to put out routine unattended fires; rangers have been asked to keep an eye out, same as any participants.


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