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2020 DPW Leads: Iva + Trish


The Department of Public Works is responsible for preparing the land for the event and for building and maintaining the infrastructure used during Firefly. We play with power tools, drive off-road, chainsaw trees, and dump gas on things before we burn them to the ground. In addition to the DPW-specific tasks, we assist other cores with “heavy lifting”, and take on new responsibilities as needed. The core focuses on different tasks before, during, and after the event:

Work Weekends (3 weekends in June):

  • Pull tools and infrastructure out of storage and deliver it to site
  • Build and maintain trails, bridges, walkways
  • Mow and rake the field
  • Build DPW Ghetto
  • Assist in structure assembly for Rangers, First Aid, Kitchen, and Sanctuary
  • Clear fallen trees, buck, split, move and stack wood
  • Help collect wood for the Bug
  • Assist Steambath crew in setting up
  • Deliver water to Kitchen/Steambath
  • Distribute firewood to firepits and burn barrels

Early Arrival:

  • Arrive at Firefly the day before the event
  • Take down stone walls across paths separating Kirk and John’s properties
  • Set up Upper and Lower parking shade structures
  • Lay out power cables and set up generators for Rangers/Medical/Stage and the Field
  • Place traction mats in slippery/swampy/soft areas
  • Install trail lighting
  • Supply water to Kitchen and Steam Bath & Core HQs
  • Transport art installations to their setup locations

During the Event:

  • Stay on-comm with a radio
  • Keep generators gassed up; refill gas cans
  • Supply water to Kitchen and Steam Bath & Core HQs
  • Transport art materials around the event
  • Greet buses and transport passengers’ stuff up the hill to specified drop off locations
  • Maintain trails, bridges, and other infrastructure in the event of inclement weather or as needed.
  • Assist with stuffing the bug and temple full of wood on burn days
  • Handle any other emergencies that require heavy lifting, use of chainsaws or other tools, or use of Polaris (for purposes other than Medical or Accessibility)


  • Stay a few hours after the official end of the event
  • Transport art projects back to art truck
  • Collect trail lighting
  • Assist with disassembling Ranger/Kitchen/First Aid/Sanctuary/Upper & Lower parking structures
  • Disassemble and pack up DPW Ghetto
  • Reassemble stone walls
  • Collect traction mats
  • Service Generators and prepare them for being stored away
  • Pack the Firefly infrastructure away for next year and deliver it to storage

How to volunteer:

The DPW has many opportunities for everyone to contribute. As long as you’re willing to get dirty and sweaty, we have something for you to do. Unlike other Firefly Cores, we are most active before and after the event. Ways to volunteer are:

DPW leadership opportunities are also available. We seek people with DPW experience (from Firefly or other burns), and people with the broad skill set the job entails (e.g. carpentry, lumberjacking, off-road driving, landscaping, and at least some basic social skills). You should be prepared to attend our pre-event meetings, contribute to most of the Work Weekends, be on site for Early Arrival, lead a volunteer team during the event, and stay through Exodus until the job is done. If you think you’ve got the chops, send us an email or talk to one of the DPW leaders in person.

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