Fire Team (CATS)

Fire Team (CATS) 2017-10-08T16:15:18+00:00

The Fire Team provides experienced support for artists, fire performers and participants both pre-event and on-site, ensuring the safe use of fire, fire props, flame effects and pyrotechnics. Basically, if it’s on fire we care about it.

Team Contributors:

Team Members:

  • Burnable Art Lead:
  • Fire Performance Lead:

If you’d like to become a team member or contact us, send us a message with the form at the bottom.

Event Volunteer Shifts:

  • Perimeter Patrol: Helps maintain the Burn Perimeter during the Fire Conclave and the Effigy or Temple Burn.
  • Fire Safety Patrol: Roam the event, providing coverage for fire performers and enforce the Fire Policy. Maintain Perimeter of fire circles, act as a spotter, communicate with performers, and monitor fuel depots.
  • Conclave Fire Safety: Act as a spotter during the Conclave fire performance prior to the Effigy or Temple burn, then help maintain the Burn Perimeter during the burn.

Fire Safety Training:

All Fire Safeties and Fire Performers must attend a Fire Safety Training prior to their first shift or performance. Trainings are typically held once on Friday, and once on Saturday. Consult the volunteer signup page, the Volunteer/Info Booth, the WWWW guide, or a Fire Team Lead for exact times. Upon completion, you will receive an identifying wristband to certify your attendance.

Event Volunteering

After you’ve purchased your ticket to the event, you can sign up for volunteer shifts here.

General Volunteering Policy:

  • Be sober, rested, fed, hydrated, and properly attired.
  • Show up to your shift on time so the volunteer from the previous shift can be relieved.
  • Try to get an assessment from the previous volunteer or a team member about the current condition, any issues you should be aware of, to confirm you understand what is needed from you during the shift, and to ask any initial questions.
  • Make friends with other volunteers on your shift and try to figure out how everybody can help each other out.
  • Try to be friendly to everyone, offer to help others whenever possible, and give appreciation or compliments when appropriate.
  • If you aren’t sure about something, ask another shift volunteer or team member.
  • If there’s ever a problem that needs outside help, especially if an emergency, send for a Ranger.
  • During or after your shift, try to provide feedback to a team leader about your experience, and any suggestions for improvement.
  • If you are not the last shift of the day, stay on shift until you are relieved by the next volunteer. If you’re the only volunteer on shift and more than 20 minutes pass, send someone to the volunteer station to find someone to relieve you, and to ask what to do next. If you have another volunteer shift to start, someone also needs to let that other volunteer know that you’re being held up and will be there as soon as possible to relieve them.
  • If you enjoyed your shift, we hope you’ll tell others about it, sign up for these shifts in the future, and even consider becoming a team member or lead.
  • If you didn’t enjoy your shift, please share why not with a team member so improvements can be made. There are many teams and shifts to choose from, so hopefully you can find the right match next time.
  • If you like the department and its mission, but not the way it’s being run, then we’d love for you to become a team member so you can help be the agent of change for the better.
  • Thank you.

Perimeter Patrol

Perimeter Patrol volunteers help maintain the Burn Perimeter during the Conclave performance and the Effigy or Temple Burn.

Shift Duties:

  • Perimeter Patrol volunteers are not required to attend the Fire Safety Training.
  • Follow the General Volunteering Policy.
  • Once the Burn Perimeter has been established (about an hour before the burn), meet the team lead on the Burn Field to pick up a perimeter jersey, and to be assigned a place around the Burn Perimeter.
  • Your job is to scan and watch the crowd the entire time to keep absolutely everyone outside the Burn Perimeter (except for those authorized to be inside which enter and exit through the designated Perimeter Entry Point).
  • If anyone “breaks perimeter,” your job is to immediately stop them and get them back out of Perimeter. We do this because their intention might be to foolishly get unsafely close to the fire or even try to jump it, causing serious injury or death.
  • If you are unable to stop them, yell to get the attention of the Inner Perimeter Patrol so they can stop the individual. Remain at your post and continue maintaining Perimeter in case others also try to break Perimeter in your area.
  • Maintain your position for the entirety of the Conclave and burn, until the team lead signals that the Burn Perimeter has been lifted.
  • If you have to miss your shift, try to notify a Fire Team lead ASAP.
  • When you check out of your shift, be sure to return the perimeter jersey to its proper place.
Volunteer with Perimeter Patrol

Fire Safety Patrol

Fire Patrol volunteers are mobile Fire Safeties who roam the event enforcing the Fire Policy, and providing fire safety support to the fire performers when they do not have their own spotter.

Shift Duties:

  • Attend the mandatory Fire Safety Training.
  • Follow the General Volunteering Policy.
  • Show up sober for your shift and review the shift responsibilities and Fire Safety Code in the red Fire check-in binder.
  • Pick up your fire safety towel or Duvetyne cloth to help extinguish performers who accidentally catch themselves on fire.
  • Roam the event, providing coverage for fire performers and enforcing the Fire Policy. Maintain Perimeter of fire circles, act as a spotter, communicate with performers, and monitor fuel depots.
  • If you have to miss your shift, try to notify your team lead or a Ranger ASAP.
  • When you check out of your shift, be sure to return the fire safety towel to its proper place or to the next volunteer who is relieving you.

Conclave Fire Safety

Conclave Fire Safety volunteers act as a spotter to the Conclave fire performers prior to the Effigy or Temple burn.

Shift Duties:

  • Attend the mandatory Fire Safety Training.
  • Follow the General Volunteering Policy.
  • Show up sober for your shift and review the shift responsibilities and Fire Safety Code in the red Fire check-in binder.
  • Meet the team lead on the Burn Field to pick up the fire safety towel, a safety jersey or indicator, and to be assigned a place around the Burn Perimeter.
  • During the Conclave performance, act as a spotter to watch for and alert a fire performer if they accidentally light themselves on fire. If they need assistance, help to extinguish the flame with the fire safety towel.
  • It is important to only tend to the performers that are in your section that you are responsible for. If something happens in a neighboring section, let that Fire Safety volunteer handle their situation, so that you can continue to maintain the safety in your section.
  • Once the Conclave Fire Performance is over, maintain your position and become a Perimeter Patrol (know these duties) for the remainder of the burn, until the team lead signals that the Burn Perimeter has been lifted.
  • If you have to miss your shift, try to notify a Fire Team lead ASAP.
  • When you check out of your shift, be sure to return the safety jersey and fire safety towel to its proper place.
Volunteer with Fire Safety

Fire Team Members:

Burnable Art & Design Lead

The Burnable Art & Design Lead approves and assists with the safe execution of Open Fire, Flame Effects, and/or Pyrotechnics for Art Installations, Theme Camps, and Mutant Vehicles.

Duties Before the Event:

  • Be part of the Event Planning group.
  • Join the Event Planning communication channels.
  • Have an Assistant Coordinator or “Coordinator in Training” so duties can be shared or taken over as needed.
  • Inventory supplies & submit orders for additional supplies to the Event Coordinator at least 45 days prior to the event.
  • Arrange for Fire Safety supplies and equipment to be transported to event site.
  • Solicit for burnable art proposals including Effigy and Temple designs.
  • Submit needed volunteer schedules to WebTeam for website inclusion.
  • Solicit volunteers and arrange for adequate fire safety personnel and equipment during effigy burns.
  • Monitor volunteer signups to confirm most shifts will be adequately covered.

During the Event:

Required:
  • Make sure all Fire Safety supplies arrived at the event site.
  • Communicate with an Event Coordinator to ensure adequate radio distribution.
  • Fully understand the Emergency Operations plans and confirm other leads do as well.
  • Examine and approve any planned Flame Effects.
  • Enforce policies on Open Fire, Flame Effects, and Fire Art Installations.
  • Coordinate with the Fire Performance Lead and Rangers to ensure Burn Perimeters are adequately staffed.
  • Make sure all volunteers understand their duties, are properly trained, and have all necessary supplies & equipment.
  • Periodically monitor that the shift volunteers are doing a satisfactory job.
  • Arrange for supplies to be secured when event is over.
Preferred:
  • Individually thank all volunteers for their help, before and after their shift.
  • Give praise, appreciation, and compliments to the entire team often and abundantly.
  • If appropriate, nicely offer ways the volunteers can do a better job, or make it easier on themselves.
  • During or after their shift, ask the volunteers for feedback about their experience, and any suggestions for improvement.
  • Occasionally ask participants if they feel your volunteers are doing a good job. Ask for any suggestions or room for improvement.
  • Document the feedback you get, and any other notes or reminders which may help you write the post-event summary to the Event Coordinator.
  • Solicit volunteers for the current or future events.

After the Event:

  • Arrange for any supplies or equipment to be packed up and transported to its designated storage.
  • Submit a summary of problems, concerns, suggestions, and successes regarding this team to the Event Coordinator.
  • Submit a report to the Event Coordinator of amounts of supplies used, and suggest the approximate amount of supplies and equipment needed per 100 attendees to help with future approximations. Also include any requests for new, replacement, or rental equipment to be available for the next event.

Fire Performance Lead

The Fire Performance Lead organizes Fire Conclave and other fire performances requiring extra safety personnel, as well as coordinates and trains the Fire Safety Patrol and Conclave Fire Safety volunteers.

Duties Before the Event:

  • Be part of the Event Planning group.
  • Join the Event Planning communication channels.
  • Have a “Fire Performance Lead in Training” so duties can be shared or taken over as needed.
  • Inventory supplies & submit orders for additional supplies to the Event Coordinator at least 45 days prior to the event.
  • Arrange for Fire Safety supplies and equipment to be transported to event site.
  • Submit needed volunteer schedules to WebTeam for website inclusion.
  • Solicit for Fire Safety Patrol and Conclave Fire Safety volunteers.
  • Monitor volunteer signups to confirm most shifts will be adequately covered.
  • Plan the Conclave performance.
  • Coordinate with Effigy Builder on performance and sound needs for Conclave on an as needed basis. Coordinate with Drummer’s Conclave or a Sound Camp for Conclave music.
  • Inform the Medical Team of scheduled high-risk, large scale fire performances.

During the Event:

Required:
  • Make sure all supplies arrived at the event site.
  • Be familiar with the Emergency Operations plans available at Center Camp.
  • Brief Rangers on Fire Policy.
  • Establish fuel depots.
  • Hold Fire Safety Trainings, and put identifying wristbands on all who attended.
  • Make sure all volunteers understand their duties, are properly trained in Fire Safety procedures, and have all necessary supplies & equipment.
  • Make sure shifts are adequately being covered, and if not, take steps to ensure that they are.
  • Periodically monitor that the shift volunteers are doing a satisfactory job.
  • Organize Burn Perimeter one hour before burn time.
  • Distribute Perimeter Patrol and Conclave Fire Safety volunteers around the Burn Perimeter.
  • Coordinate with Rangers and DPW to execute Effigy and Temple Conclave performances.
  • At end of the event, disassemble fuel depots and prepare them for storage.
Preferred:
  • Individually thank all volunteers for their help, before and after their shift.
  • Give praise, appreciation, and compliments to the entire team often and abundantly.
  • If appropriate, nicely offer ways the volunteers can do a better job, or make it easier on themselves.
  • During or after their shift, ask the volunteers for feedback about their experience, and any suggestions for improvement.
  • Occasionally ask participants if they feel your volunteers are doing a good job. Ask for any suggestions or room for improvement.
  • Document the feedback you get, and any other notes or reminders which may help you write the post-event summary to the Team Coordinator.
  • Solicit volunteers for the current or future events.

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