Playa del Fuego
May 26- 30, 2016
Ranger After-Burn Report
Respectfully submitted by Mythic, Off-site Ranger Coordinator
A PDF copy of this report can be found here:https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8KHmY ... sp=sharing
**Please note, I am abandoning our usual format of “the good, the bad, and the ugly.” I found this report required a more nuanced approach to the events that transpired this burn than that structure permitted.**
I. Report on the Ranger Budget for Spring 2016
II. Infrastructure, Ranger administration, materials, accounting
III. Shift activity
I. Budget Report
Proposed Budget Itemization Actual Expenditures
Printing for burn:
Ranger Field Guides $100.00 $100 50 x $0.78 $39.00
Consent Posters $15.00 $15.00 30 x $2.38 $71.40
Water*, Juice, snacks $75.00 $75.00 Donated
Office supplies $60.00 $60.00 100 Safety pins $5.58
Golf cart rental and delivery$325.00 $325.00 $325.00
Extra gas for gold cart $25.00 $25.00 $25.00
Uniforms $700.00 $700.00
Patches 50 x $6.95
Set up $40.00
Reflective $2.75 $577.00
Hats 12 x $15.08 $181.00
Plain t-shirts 10 x $4.58 $45.88
New shade structure $650.00 $650.00 $651.00
Lighting $75.00 $75.00 $75.06
TOTAL $2025.00 $2012.83
*We did not receive our water cooler (Budgeted $25.00) and water ($25.00) because of a communication snafu with purchasing.
The overall Expenditures for Rangers were $12.17 under our proposed budget.
I. Infrastructure, administration, and materials
Despite concerns that the lighter weight carts may not handle the terrain or Ankle Breaker Bridge, the golf cart proved invaluable once again for the Ranger team. It facilitated set-up, tear-down and was extremely useful in rapidly getting Coordinators on Com to where they were most needed throughout the burn.
Ranger Structure and Lighting
The new 18’ x 30’ structure was delivered to the site courtesy of Jim in Purchasing and erected by DPW. Lock boxes were also delivered by DPW. Radios and lights were powered by outdoor extension cords run from the barn. Ranger HQ set up was completed and fully functional on Thursday, well before the gates opened. The structure withstood the rain and elements well. The lighting was excellent. A clogged drain in the barn showers contributed to some saturation of the ground at Ranger HQ. Pineapple was able to fix the clogged drain.
We saw almost 20 new Rangers attend Ranger training on Friday night. Ranger training began with a shared session with Sanctuary and MASH teams covering radio protocols. Following radio training, Rangers, MASH, and Sanctuary broke off to cover team-specific training. Ranger-specific training included break-out sessions for new Rangers with experienced mentors.
Newer Shift leads communicated that they would like to have Shift-lead specific training since we have expanded Shift lead responsibilities. We are in the process of gathering information about what kind of training this would include and how best to deliver it.
We debuted the new Ranger Uniform this burn. This was done in response to requests from the community and the BoD that Rangers should be as visible and identifiable as possible, especially at night. The Uniform now features a 6” x 10” reflective patch and Khaki attire of the Ranger’s choosing above the waist. We received positive feedback about Ranger visibility.
We also instituted a new method of tracking Uniform items that are distributed. Uniforms are no longer given out at Ranger training but rather are handed out and recorded by Shift leads when Rangers show up for their first shift.
The following is a record of all uniform items distributed to Rangers this burn:
Name # Patches noted in log Hat t-shirt
Tassels X X
EBP (?) X X
Ryribe (??) X
Godshot X X
Mama Potter X X
Tuck Planet X
Mission X X
Kiki (?) X
Neil (?) X
Henry Snow X X
Everklear X X
Zia (?) X
Riff X X
Cher Kitty X X
Isty (??) X
J2X (??) X
Beauty X X X
Logic0 X X X
Total: 43 2 11
Please note that 7 patches were missing and remain unaccounted for when the new Shift Lead reported for her shift at 2PM Sunday. We are looking into this discrepancy.
II. Shift Activity- General
This burn, the Ranger team continued to maintain a detailed log of events that transpired during every Ranger shift. This log book was kept in the primary Ranger lock box along with our radios. All Rangers were asked to record events that occurred during their shifts with as much detail as possible, including timelines. In addition, the Ranger team has newly adopted a Shift Lead Log. The Shift Lead Log is kept in a separate lock box accessible only by Ranger Coordinators and Leads. The Shift Leads were responsible for accounting for all Rangers coming on and off shift, handing out and recording who received patches, hats, and shirts, and any additional information about their shift that was note-worthy. A compilation of these logs is being prepared and will be submitted to the PDF Board of Directors.
Summary of Events:
Only 2 shifts were reported as “all quiet”: Sunday 2PM-8 PM and Monday 8 AM- Noon. Every other Ranger shift saw significant activity, most involving participants enjoying the party.
There were 4 reports in the Ranger log concerning consent violations, each dealt with by Rangers.
One participant fell from Love tower and required medical evacuation by ambulance.
A summary of the number and type of significant incidents Rangers encountered is shown below:
Med Evac 1
Non-participant entrance 1
The Ranger cabinet containing our radios was found unlocked a few times on various shifts. Rangers will be alerted that the box must be kept locked.
Ankle Breaker Bridge took a toll on participants, all well handled by MASH. The bridge was prohibitive for most carts to navigate, limiting cart access to the back field.
The Ranger Coordination team is considering several different plans to facilitate participants in the back field reaching a Ranger expeditiously whenever needed.
Rangers continue to work very closely with both MASH and Sanctuary this burn in an integrated manner, as needed.
At the beginning of the burn, we had fewer than three board members on-site even though the event was live. Throughout the event, Ranger coordinators were in greater demand and for more extended periods of time due, in part, because of an inability to expeditiously contact the BoD despite attempting to do so through multiple communication channels. The inability to contact the BoD in a timely fashion contributed to prolonging timelines for incidents that would have benefitted from a more rapid response.
Some policy gray areas were also noted that affected the decision making process for BoD members such that once contacted, decisions took longer to make. Based on this experience and discussion with BoD members, the ranger coordinators are working with MASH coordinators to adjust protocols currently involving the BoD. The goals of these policies will be to (1) clarify the decision making process; (2) facilitate the formulation of action plans based upon the policies; and (3) enact said action plans expeditiously on site, as necessary. Any new protocols will be submitted to the BoD for review, discussion, and approval prior to being enacted.