About Fire Core

Core Leaders: Kosta Zavras, Brian Endy,  Seth Hardy
Email: fast@fireflyartscollective.org

The mission of the Fire Art Safety Team (FAST) is to provide experienced support for artists both pre-event and on-site, and to ensure the safe use of fire and flame effects at Firefly.

This team, which includes artists, fire safety volunteers, and people with professional experience, will assist you in the safe execution of Open Fire, Flame Effects, and/or Pyrotechnics in your art installation or theme camp. (Please note: fireworks and pyrotechnics are restricted by Vermont law and are not allowed at the event without approval from the FAC Board of Directors.)

What the Firefly FAST volunteers will do:

  1. Before Firefly:
    • Review of safety and inspection plans, including all art projects that use fire.
    • Assisting the Art Grant Selection Committee and Placement Core with any questions or concerns related to approval and placement of fire art.
  2. During Firefly:
    • Due to the intermittent and response-oriented nature of this team, we will have both day-long on call shifts, as well as shorter “walkaround” shifts.
    • We will have people for “red dot” training in fire safety and perimeters, acting as fire safety volunteers for the larger burns, and inspection of fire art.
    • Fire art will be inspected for placement and general safety concerns (e.g. is it constructed using appropriate materials, do you have fire extinguishers). Approved fire art will be given a tag – any operation of untagged fire art should be called in to FAST.
    • FAST will also be responsible for verifying during the event that approved fire pits are properly attended, have the proper safety supplies, and that no additional fire pits are created.
  3. After Firefly:
    • Contributions to the Afterburn report concerning fire safety statistics and incidents at the event.

Some of the Basics:

OPEN FIRE is defined as non-pressurized flame, including setting fire to an art installation, large burn barrels, braziers, torches, large assemblies of candles and other simple uses of fire. This also includes the pre-approved fire pits at the event.

FLAME EFFECT is defined as “the combustion of solids, liquids, or gases to produce thermal, physical, visual, or audible phenomena before an audience”. This includes all flames that are automated, switched, pressurized or having any other action than simply being lit on fire; as well as projects using propane or other liquid or gaseous fuels.

PYROTECHNICS refers to the art, craft and science of fireworks, which includes any explosives or projectiles.


Read the full Fire Policies at Firefly here.