CATS (FIRE)

CATS Team (Combustion Arts Tactics & Safety)

The CATS provide 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. The team is co-led, with one Lead approving and assisting with the safe execution of Open Fire, Flame Effects, and/or Pyrotechnics for Art Installation’s, Theme Camp’s or Mutant Vehicle’s, and another Lead organizing Fire Conclave and other fire performances requiring extra safety personnel, and coordinating and training Fire Patrol and Conclave Safety volunteers. Please also refer to this document: Creating Dangerous Art Safely

CATS Coordinators

Burnable Art & Design Lead: Pre-event Duties

  • Join the event planning group
  • Solicit for burnable art proposals including Effigy and Temple designs.
  • Solicit volunteers and arrange for adequate fire safety personnel and equipment during effigy burns
  • Inventory supplies & submit order for additional supplies to Event Manager at least 45 days prior to the event

During Event Duties

  • Arrange for Fire Safety supplies to be transported to event site
  • Coordinate with the Assistant Event Manager to ensure adequate radio distribution
  • Fully understand the emergency operations plans
  • Examine and approve any planned Flame Effects.
  • Enforce policies on Open Fire, Flame Effects, and Fire Art Installations
  • Coordinate with Fire Performance Lead and Rangers to ensure Burn Perimeters are adequately staffed
  • Solicit new volunteers for all departments
  • Arrange for supplies to be secured when event is over

Post-event Duties

  • Arrange for supplies to be packed up and transported to designated storage
  • Email a summary of problems, concerns, successes, suggestions regarding Ranger station to Event Manager within (30) days of the end of the event

Fire Performance Lead – Pre-event Duties

  • Solicit for Fire Patrol and Conclave Safety Volunteers
  • Plan 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.
  • Consistently communicate with community on fire policies
  • Inform medical team of  scheduled high-risk large scale fire performances.
  • Assess supply needs and submit budget to Event Manager

During Event Duties

  • Be familiar with the emergency operations plans available at Center Camp
  • Brief Rangers on Fire Policy
  • Establish fuel depots.
  • Make sure that Fire Safety volunteers are properly trained in fire safety procedures
  • Monitor Fire Safety Volunteers on an as-needed basis to make sure procedures are being followed and schedule is covered.
  • Hold Fire Conclave Safety meetings.
  • Organize Fire Safety Perimeter 1 hour before burn time.
  • Coordinate with Rangers and DOGS to execute Effigy and Temple Conclaves.
  • Disassemble fuel depots and send to storage.

Fire Safety Volunteers

These volunteers make sure that fire stays on a tool, or where it should be. They should encourage participants to be radically self-reliant and have their own spotter. Fire Safeties are there to extinguish performers who accidentally light them selves on fire with a Duvetyne cloth or damp cotton towel, maintain a safe perimeter between fire performers or fire art and the viewing participants, and help maintain fuel depots. Safety personnel are required to honor sobriety while being a Fire Safety. Questions about fire patrol and conclave safety positions may be directed to: kc@burntoranges.org

Fire Patrol Volunteers

  • Show up for your shift and review shift responsibilities and the Fire Safety Code in the red CATS check-in binder.
  • Roam, providing coverage for fire performers and enforce fire policy throughout the night. Maintain perimeter on fire circles, act as spotter, communicate with performers, monitor fuel depots.
  • If you have to miss your shift, try to notify CATS lead.
  • Attend mandatory CATS team safety training prior to your first shift as a spotter.
  • Check-out of your shift, return your Safety Towel, pick up your swag.

Conclave Safety/Spotter

  • Act as a spotter during Fire Conclave prior to the Effigy or Temple burn.
  • Maintain perimeter, help organize line-up and fuel depots.
  • Sign in for your shift and review shift responsibilities and the Fire Safety Code in the red CATS check-in binder.
  • Meet the CATS lead on the Burn Field. If you have to miss your shift, give as much notice as possible to the team lead.
  • Attend mandatory CATS team safety training prior to your first shift.
  • Check-out of your shift, return your Safety Towel, pick up your swag.