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Greetings prospective volunteer! Thanks for your interest in volunteering with Burning Man’s Emergency Services Department. ESD provides Communications, Firefighting, Medical, and Mental Health capabilities to the Burning Man event. We accept volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds. Each branch of ESD has its own requirements for appropriate background, certifications, training and experience. Please read through this guide on volunteering with ESD before contacting us with any questions. If you still have any questions or concerns, you can use the contact form to reach any of our branches.

Volunteer Requirements

• Have a Burner Profile and Volunteer Questionnaire on file with Burning Man (

• A valid drivers license  is necessary to drive an official vehicle on-playa during the event

• Certification of completion of the ICS-100 / Basic Incident Command or equivalent course. This is required for understanding basic emergency operations at Burning Man. The courses may be accessed online at