Rangers are members of the Constellation community who volunteer some of their time in the role of non-confrontational community mediators. They are empowered by the community and the FPCS board to address safety concerns, mediate disputes, and help resolve conflicts when they cannot be resolved by the persons involved. Rangers are also often the first elements of the event organization on scene in the event of an emergency, and carry radios to connect them with other volunteer departments and resources. Rangers encourage self reliance, individual accountability, and shared responsibility, using non-confrontational communication whenever possible to encourage cooperation and help create a safe environment.
Rangers are not cops, or enforcers, or your mother. Rangers are part of how the community makes sure the Burn is a safe space in which to radically express ourselves and exercise our principles.
There are two roles in the Ranger Department, Dirt Rangers and Khakis.
Dirt Rangers are the Rangers on the ground. Dirt Rangers are the eyes and ears of the city, patrolling the event in pairs, and connected by radio to other Rangers and Ranger HQ. They’re caretakers and mediators, sources of reliable information, making themselves available to participants who need help, and keeping an eye out for situations that deserve attention. Dirt Rangers at Constellation work 4-hour shifts. Anybody can Ranger at Constellation if they meet any of the following criteria:
- they're a current Black Rock Ranger in good standing
- they Rangered Constellation or PDF within the last 12 months
- they attended Constellation Ranger training immediately prior to or during this event
Khaki is the call sign for the Ranger Shift Lead. Khaki briefs Dirt Rangers at the beginning of their shift, pairs up Dirt Rangers and assigns them to patrol areas, receives and logs radio reports, provides support to Rangers in the field, coordinates incident responses, and debriefs at shift’s end. Khaki is the Dirt Rangers’ go-to resource for whatever they need. Khakis at Constellation work 8-hour shifts. Khaki shifts are reserved for more experienced Rangers. If you're interested in signing up for a Khaki shift, but have never Khaki'd before, contact the Ranger Leads.
Every Ranger is required to attend an onsite briefing / orientation prior to their first shift. A schedule of Ranger training sessions (before and during the event) and onsite orientations will be published as soon as they are confirmed.