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Join us at Firefly First Aid!

Firefly first aid helps our fellow participants help themselves and in case of emergency, activate the appropriate services. When you are a Firefly First Aid Volunteer you will have a radio and a partner for all shifts. We have a First Aid tent near the Ranger Station where all first aid supplies will be available for you and the participants.

FFFA Volunteers sign up for 8 hour on-site shifts and FFFA Supervisors sign up for 24 hour back-up shifts.

Go to the bottom of this page for a FFFA recommended First Aid Kit for your camp & yourself.

FFFA is looking for volunteers for 2019

Email if you would like to volunteer, or go to 2019 shift sign up.

FFFA  Unlicensed Volunteer Description (8 Hour, On Site Shift)

Mostly you will be called to look at a cuts, burns, or insect bites. A supervisor will be available to back you up for any questions or emergencies.


  • You must take a take CPR or first aid class, online or in person
  • You must attend 1 of 2 FFFA Orientation/Training
  • You must stay sober for your entire shift
  • You are allowed to sleep on shift (as long as you will wake up to your radio)

If you have questions about this role, email

FFFA Licensed Volunteer Description (8 Hour, On Site Shift)

You have the same responsibilities as an unlicensed volunteer (see above), but your experience as an EMT, Paramedic, RN, Combat Medic, NP, PA, MD, or DO makes you an important second set of eyes on any issue that comes up.


  • You must have, or recently have had, one of the above licenses (you do not need to be licensed in VT, as you are acting under Good Sam law only)
  • You must be trained in CPR/BLS
  • You must attend 1 of 2 FFFA Orientation/Training
  • You must stay sober for your entire shift
  • You are allowed to sleep on shift (as long as you will wake up to your radio)

FFFA Supervisor Description (24 Hour, On Call Shift)

FFFA Supervisors are either an MD, DO, RN, Paramedic, NP, or EMT.  They are on call for 24 hours and are called for any complicated situation, or if it is felt there is a need to send the participant off site. They are always called for any medical emergency. Neither the supervisors nor the volunteers are expected to treat any medical conditions. They are simply there to help determine if a participant is able to help themselves (put on a band aid) or if they need to get evaluated by the on-site medical team (e.g. question of a broken bone).


  • You must have volunteered for FFFA in a prior year
  • You must be trained in CPR/BLS
  • You must attend 1 of 2 FFFA Orientation/Training
  • You must stay sober for your entire shift
  • You are allowed to sleep on shift (as long as you will wake up to your radio)

Orientation/Training Information

As a FFFA volunteer, we require that you take a orientation/training before your shift. This year we’ll be hosting three orientation/training sessions. For the safety of our volunteers and participants, this training is necessary so that all our FFFA Volunteers are providing the same information to the community.

Firefly 2019 Boston-area Orientation/Training

We are working out a training day and location in collaboration with the rest of Safety Cluster (Fire, Sanctuary, and Rangers). This information will go out as soon as we know the details.

Firefly 2019 On-Site Orientation/Training

July 4th, time of day TBD, at the FFFA Tent

This will be for those that cannot attend the Boston training, or if anyone wants a refresher.

Any questions please email

Below are the responsibilities of the FFFA Core Leads

  1. Sign up for the Firefly planning mailing list (this is how the cores and board communicate with each other)
  2. Attend the Firefly planning meeting(s)
  3. Attend the Firefly Town Hall to listen to community feedback and start recruiting volunteers. Town Hall is in April or May each year.  Last year, each core gave a brief (1-5 minute) introduction to what the core does and what it needs in terms of volunteers. This year the plan is to set it up with tables and volunteer sign-up sheets so that it will be more interactive
  4. Set up location for training and train your volunteers
  5. Train volunteers who could not attend SFTY3rd. Can be done in Boston before the event or at Firefly during the event
  6. (optional) Attend Disorientation, which is where people who have never been to Firefly can learn about everything Firefly
  7. Recruit and organize your volunteers
  8. Arrange for the medical tent and supplies
  9. Attend Firefly
  10. After the event, it’s a good idea to do a quick analysis of the case reports. That will give the core leads for next year an idea about when the busiest times are and what type of cases are most common

FFFA Core Lead Requirements:

  • You must be an experienced firefly
  • You must have prior first aid festival experience

If you have questions about the role of FFFA Core Lead, email

Theme Camp (10 person camp) First Aid Kit:

  • 100 bandaid (assorted sizes)
  • 1 cloth tape roll (10 yards x 1 inch)
  • 10 antibiotic ointment packets
  • 10 antiseptic wipe packets
  • Ace bandage
  • 5 instant cold compress
  • 2 rolled guaze bandage (4 inches wide)
  • 10 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)
  • 10 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)
  • Normal saline/sterile water for cleaning wounds/eyes
  • 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)
  • Aloe gel/burn cream
  • 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)
  • Scissors
  • Oral thermometer (non-mercury/nonglass)
  • 2 triangular bandages- good for arm sling
  • Tweezers
  • Tick Spoon
  • Talcum Powder for blisters and chafing
  • Sugar tabs for quick relief of hypoglycemia
  • Mirror (check for ticks)
  • 1 blanket (space blanket) – for warming
  • 1 breathing barrier for CPR (with one-way valve)
  • 1 box  of nonlatex gloves (size: large) – if you are a big camp

Individual First Aid Kit:

  • 10 band aids (assorted sizes)
  • 1 cloth tape roll (10 yards x 1 inch)
  • 1 roller gauze bandage (4 inches wide)
  • 2 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)
  • Ace bandage
  • 5 antiseptic wipe packets
  • Antibiotic ointment – that you know you are not allergic to (bacitracin/neosporin)
  • 1% hydorcortisone otc for allergic reactions
  • Aloe gel/burn cream
  • Tweezers and consider tick spoon
  • Scissors/nail clippers
  • Mirror (check for ticks)
  • Moleskin for blister care if you need it
  • Sunscreen/bug spray or protection
  • Any and all personal prescriptions- there are no pharmacies at firefly
  • Any common over the counter medications you personally use for example tums/Maalox, acetaminophen for fever/ha, and/or ibuprofen fever/muscle strains
  • Feminine products: pads/tampons and disposal plan (ziplocks)
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