Rangers are traditional guardians of the shared values of the BURN2 community. We are empowered by the community to address concerns, mediate disputes, and resolve conflicts if they can not be resolved by the residents themselves and respond to non-consensual assaults (griefing). Rangers encourage a community of shared responsibility and assist only as needed. The role of the Ranger has been described as “Riding the edge of chaos.”
Rangers on-duty patrol an area, a range of territory, interacting with its residents on a personal level. Rangers are the most visible part of our organization during the event, and often the first (and possibly only) contact for residents with the BURN2 Operations Team. They are often the first response to a situation. While on patrol you will keep moving around your assigned area. Meet and greet your fellow residents; you are part of the BURN2 community. Stop in for a campfire chat at a nice-looking camp. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or a first-time Ranger, your presence and the Resident’s perceptions of you are a valuable team asset. If a problem occurs later in your patrol area, you may have already developed a relationship with the residents involved.
What we are
We are mediators. We act as go-betweens helping people resolve disputes. Our role is to act as an independent third party and help people find compromises all parties can live with. Rangers rise from the dust when we’re needed and recede when we’re done.
What we are not
Rangers are NOT cops. We are not a police force, and we have no authority other than that which the BURN2 community has given us. We do not tell people what to do, and we do not give orders. We do not battle griefers. We do not wear uniforms; we wear costumes.
2014 training is under way! Training takes place in September every year for new and returning Rangers.
This year, first year Rangers complete six hours of training; second year Rangers complete two hours; and Senior Rangers complete one. Training includes Ranger operations, protocols, and procedures, as well as active listening skills, mediation, role playing, and reviewing case studies from past events.
For more information about who we are and what we do, check out Who are the Rangers?
For recruiting information, check out How to Join the Rangers.
Department Lead: DanOfWa Flanagan
Operations Lead: Ladyslipper Constantine
Training Lead: Leondra Larsson