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Description of a Ranger Volunteer

Firefly Rangers keep an eye out for safety, we guide the lost, and help where we can. Anyone with decent people skills can become an excellent Ranger. Rangers from other Burn-type events are very welcome indeed.

Rangers are friendly, helpful Fireflies working with other festival participants over the course of the event. We are neither a security force nor enforcers of rules. Being a Ranger is a commitment to aid and facilitate the community, and it is a very enjoyable one.

You don’t need to withdraw from the event; on the contrary, you are encouraged to participate actively, just with added responsibility for a time, and a radio. You need to have a straight head and be willing to listen to people. You can, and should, watch, enjoy, and involve yourself in the goings on. You are the eyes and ears of the event and you help to hold it all together. You may head off a problem before it gets serious. Communication is a powerful tool.

This is a great way to volunteer if you like people and enjoy helping them out on a personal level. You do this while contributing to the safety and continued smooth flow of the event. It mostly involves walking around the event looking at cool stuff and paying attention to your surroundings.

Volunteer Requirements

Rangering is a great volunteer opportunity for Firefly participants. To qualify to be a ranger at Firefly you must have been to at least one Firefly or served as a Ranger at another burner event.

Training Courses

New, potential Rangers are required to take a Ranger Training Course before the Firefly event.

Firefly Ranger trainings are offered on several dates across May and June. Black Rock Ranger training will also qualify one as having been trained that year for the Firefly Rangers. We also recommend going to SFTY3RD if you are serious about volunteering for any of Firefly’s Safety Cores.

Alpha Shift

Prospective Rangers must also complete a successful Alpha Shift, at the event, in order to become a full fledged Ranger.

2019 Remaining Ranger training dates:

To sign up for training, please fill out the Ranger Volunteer Survey:

Sign up for Training | Ranger Volunteer Survey

If you need to change or cancel your training, **please email**

Ranger Teams

Rangers that have completed at least one year of Rangering are also encouraged to volunteer on Ranger Teams. Ranger Teams organize and facilitate the operations of the Firefly Ranger Organization. These are the Rangers that run Ranger Trainings, run Ranger Socials, keep Ranger documents up-to-date, setup and tear down the Firefly Ranger Headquarters, and so much more.

If you are interested in any of the Ranger Teams: Social, Personnel, Training & Education, Logistics, Emergency Coordination, or Communications, please email

To Volunteer for a Ranger Shift

Fill out the Ranger Volunteer Survey here.

Volunteer | Ranger Volunteer Survey

Find out More

If you would like to find out more about the Rangers, or want more info on Trainings, or Teams, **please email**

For more information you can also view the most current Ranger Manual here.

See you in the woods!
– The 2019 Ranger Council:
Botterboosch, Forest, Fermata, Bubblegum, Magneto

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