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Join us at FireFly First Aid!

FFFA Volunteers (8 hour on-site shifts)
FFFA Leads (24 hour back up shifts)

FFFA Volunteers

8 Hour On Site Shift

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 (formally known as medical) 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.  

Mostly you will be called to look at a cuts, burns, or insect bites.   One of the Core Leads will be available to back you up for any questions or emergencies.   

You are allowed to sleep on shift, as long as you will wake up to your radio.

You must stay sober for your entire shift.


FFFA is looking for volunteers for 2018. Email if you would like to volunteer. 

2018 shift sign up


24 Hour On Call Shift

FFFA Leads are either an MD,DO, RN 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 leads nor the volunteers are expected to treat any medical conditions, we are simply there to help determine if a participant is able to help themselves (put on a bandaid) or if they need to seek care off site of a doctor (question of a broken bone).  


As a FFFA volunteer, we require that you take a orientation/training before your shift. This year we’ll be hosting three trainings. 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.  

May 11-13, 2018, Scarborough Maine 

This is a weekend specially designed for training for Firefly’s Safety Cores: Rangers, First Aid, Sanctuary and Fire for their roles as volunteers and awareness and cross training to work together for ICS. There will be a FFFA 2 hour training to review all issues around being a FFFA Volunteer on Saturday.

More information about SFTY3rd here>>

Boston Area Pre-Event Training
June 13 7-9pm in Waltham
This will be a 2 hour training to review all issues around being a FFFA Volunteer.  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.  Please attend this meeting if you can!  

Firefly 2017 On-Site Training
Day and Time TBD, at the FFFA Tent
This will be for those that cannot attend the Boston training, or if anyone wants a refresher.  Likely Thursday morning.

Any questions please email


Below are some of the additional 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) Attend the SFTY3rd weekend and give a training to volunteers for your core.

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.


  • You must be an experienced firefly.
  • You must have prior first aid festival experience.
  • If you have questions about this role, email

Theme Camp First Aid Kit: (10 person camp)

  • 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
  • Mirror
  • 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
  • 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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