Volunteers: VOLUNTEERING IS SEXYYYYYYY and NOW is your chance to get involved with a new regional event for north Florida, AND have your voices heard! (Sexiness levels application onto outer layers of skin may differ on different planes of existences between burners may only be applied within the deepest of your sexy soul). Also, when you volunteer for an event, you get first dibs on tickets for the next event to guarantee that you can make it.
Ways you can volunteer at Florida en Fuego:
DPW (Department of Public Works)
F.A.S.T (Fire Arts Safety Team)
Fartvergnugen/LNT (MOOP Squad)
P.A.S.T (Propane Arts Safety Team)
That is a HUGE amount of SEXY.
So in short, (or in large), volunteering IS oh so SEXY! It is an important part of becoming a part of Florida En Fuego and other stuff year-round. Everyone, including the organizers, buys an invite to attend. No-one gets paid to make any of this happen, and this is so much more than just a party. Whether it’s your first year or the 14th, we’ve got a spot for you to help make the magic happen! Volunteering is participation and it’s one of the best gifts you can bring and give! Making new friends and connecting with like-minded humans, aliens, and cats a like, can make your experience even more enlightened and enjoyable. Some of the funniest things happen during volunteering times. All teams listed here have volunteer team meetings and/or trainings during the year to prepare volunteers for the event, and you may need to be available by phone or in some cases, in person, and some even communicating through the wild interwebs. Be sure you find out what the expectations are for your particular volunteer role/s. P.S. ALSO THANK YOU, these events can’t exist without your sexy volunteer participations. Browse the teams, explore the various opportunities, and sign up to volunteer from our, easy to navigate, menu. To help ensure you have a great Florida en Fuego volunteer experience, check out the fb links to communicate with department leads and other volunteers. If you’re at the event, and you (or your friends) get the sudden urge to volunteer on the spot, visit the volunteer/info booth, or talk to any volunteer leads to point you in the right direction. They’ll hook you up with available volunteer opportunities.
Fire is the very heart and essence of life. For it is phenomena rather than substance, one that is revealed, seen and touched in ways of risk and ritual. What is the Fire Conclave? The Fire Conclave is a composition of select fire performance groups from around the world who create choreography dedicated to honoring the Man. Their performances forge a temporary community, as they offer fire art as a gift in service to “the Man”. Under the night sky, before the release of the Man in pyrotechnic delight, fire performers and support staff gather at one time — and here, more fire energy is expressed and let loose than anywhere else in the world. Along with the Fire Conclave there are also the Processional Consortium and Ambient Drummers. This ceremonial fire activity encompasses the spirit as well as the body and mind. The gathering of people dancing and drumming around a fire goes back to the beginning of the big burn and beyond — it is the original, essential form of dance that crystallizes community. By summoning the power of the flame to flow through us, it strengthens and transforms our spirit.
The Processional Consortium is made up of of Luminists, torchbearers who create a path for the Luminferrous to pass; Lamplighters who convey the Luminferrous to the Man; and a processional band who generates energy for the procession. The Processional Consortium transfers the flame from the Cauldron to each fire group in the Fire Conclave, who stand ready to receive the flame. The Ambient Drummers are a collection of unaffiliated drummers that help create atmosphere at the foot of the Man on the night of the Burn. Drummers are organized into groups who rehearse together before being distributed around the Great Circle with the Fire Conclave on the night of the Burn to fill the air with music.
The Xanadu City ‘Dept. of Public Works’ is the group that plans, surveys, builds, and takes down the basic infrastructure of our temporary community in the desert. The DPW, hand-in-hand with other departments, has instituted the City Plan, through which roads and basic infrastructure throughout the Xanadu are gridded and built. If you are interested in volunteering, to be a part of the DPW Team, click here to find out what we need:
DPW Volunteer Sign ups
FIRE ARTS SAFETY TEAM (F.A.S.T)
Fire is the heart of A Burn event, and we encourage and support all types of safe fire art and pyrotechnic displays. The following information is designed to promote the safe use of open fire, flame effects and pyrotechnics in your artwork, performance, theme camp or Mutant Vehicle. Please read the following in its entirety that will apply to your work. Thank you for burning safely! (F.A.S.T) is a team of artists, fire safety personnel and industry professionals whose mission is to provide experienced support for fire artists and to ensure the safe use of fire at the Florida En Fuego event. F.A.S.T assists artists in the safe execution of open fire, flame effects, and/or pyrotechnics in installations, Theme camps and Mutant Vehicles. FAST inspects artworks incorporating fire and issues the appropriate Burn License(s) once the artwork has been approved. There are two kinds of FAST personnel: 1) FAST Artist Liaisons work with artists and fire safety liaisons during the pre-event evaluation process, and 2) FAST Leads oversee any burns and/or pyrotechnic shows at the event. Take advantage of their knowledge and experience in planning your artwork. As well as the conclave Perimeter Volunteers who are there for the safety of all our participants. to keep them a safe distance from the fire and fun. If you are interested in volunteering, to be a part of the F.A.S.T, click here to find out what we need:
Fire Arts Safety Team (F.A.S.T.) Facebook
F.A.S.T. Volunteer Sign ups
Our number one priority is to ensure that each and every inhabitant of Xanadu gets in safely and with the proper credentials (read: ticket in hand). We search vehicles, looking for stowaways, potential MOOP-makers (Matter Out Of Place), firearms, fireworks and dogs, as well as ensuring all Mutant Vehicles entering the city are pre-registered with the DMV. We unite artists with art placement. We get the ice trucks, water trucks, and “poop pumpers” into the city as rapidly as possible. All this while making sure that traffic on the highway doesn’t back up. If you are interested in volunteering, to be a part of the Gate Team, click here to find out what we need:
Gate Volunteer Sign ups
The greeters are the face of the event and from a newcomer’s first impression of Xanadu (our city within Florida En Fuego). Their mission is to orient and educate arriving citizens while spreading wit, whimsy and infectious enthusiasm to carloads of people. Greeters explain the “Don’t let it hit the ground!” principle, clarify the concept of Community, and answer all questions in offbeat yet helpful (or endearingly hostile) ways. Enlightening new and returning participants alike is a vital role. If you are interested in volunteering, to be a part of the Greeter Team, click here to find out what we need:
Greeters Volunteer Sign ups
Leaving No Trace is arguably one of our community’s most important principles. If we don’t uphold that one, no more events, also Leaving No Trace is not just about the land; it’s our ethic about the whole planet. Burners are environmentalists. It’s just our nature. The LNT Squad are an outreach and communications group whose mission is to educate and inspire Florida En Fuego participants to Leave No Trace (LNT) at the event. It crafts LNT-specific multimedia messages for the community and shares its appreciation of the natural beauty of Xanadu. It also advocates for a greener event. Educates about our culture, and participate in the movement! They integrating theater, dance, performance and participatory games to bring awareness to litter, the TLN squad reminds people to Leave No Trace. The group is made up of MOOP agents and a wide-reaching support network that is on a mission to inspire behavioral change on a worldwide scale. The LNT squad is committed to encouraging people to LEAVE NO TRACE. We are empowering people to take control of their environment and inspire change through the ripple effect. We love to play, and invite you to join us! If you are interested in volunteering, to be a part of the LNT/MOOP SQUAD, click here to find out what we need:
LNT Squad Facebook
LNT Volunteer Sign ups
This team offers Emergency and Non-Emergency Medical evaluation and treatment, Mental Health services (including sexual assault response), 911 Dispatch, and providing the two-way radio communications infrastructure for all of Xanadu.
The Medic Team interested in recruiting dedicated, skilled professionals from all areas of emergency services. If the idea of volunteering with other community dedicated, fun-loving, energetic and professional emergency services providers is of interest to you please submit your credentials, certifications, and qualifications to our medical lead. You can follow the link for more information and find out what we need:
Medical Volunteer Sign ups
Much of the same safety regulations as F.A.S.T applies here for our city of Xanadu just artistically specific to Propane and the details can be understood as Flame Effects which is defined as “The combustion of solids, liquids, or gasses to produce thermal, physical, visual, or audible phenomena before an audience.” This includes all flames that are automated, switched, pressurized or having any other action than simply being lit on fire; as well as projects using propane or other liquid or gaseous fuels. If you are interested in volunteering, to be a part of the P.A.S.T, click here to find out what we need:
P.A.S.T. (Propane Arts Safety Team) Facebook
P.A.S.T. Volunteer Sign ups
The Florida En Fuego Rangers are a cross-section of the Xanadu community, who volunteer some of their time in the role of non-confrontational community mediators. Responding to the ever-changing environment, Rangers address within our community situations that would otherwise require outside intervention. By encouraging and facilitating communication, the Rangers promote awareness of potential hazards, from sunstroke to tent fires. They are emphatically not the police or a paramilitary organization. If you are interested in volunteering, to be a part of the Ranger Team, click here to find out what we need:
Rangers Volunteer Sign ups
Sanctuary is a place of refuge for Florida En Fuego participants who, for whatever reasons, are temporarily overwhelmed by their Xanadu experience. Operated under the clinical oversight of the Medic Team and staffed primarily by Rangers with extraordinary listening skills and some background in peer counseling, Sanctuary helps dozens of participants each year get through emotional upsets, breakups, bad trips, freakouts, sheer exhaustion, and sometimes, the emotional spillover from very serious incidents. If you are interested in volunteering, to be a part of the Sanctuary Team, click here to find out what we need:
Sanctuary Volunteer Sign ups