Black Rock Rangers
The Black Rock Rangers wear khaki attire with the Ranger logo on their chests, backs, and vehicles. Rangers are veteran burner volunteers who roam Black Rock City and help the community with a variety of issues, including conflict resolution, peer mediation, safety concerns, calling in emergency services and supporting the scene, finding lost kids, helping participants “get” Burning Man culture, and a smorgasbord of other issues the playa presents. The Rangers’ ideal outcome is to help people solve their own problems with a gentle nudge in the right direction, and then fade into the dust when they’re not needed. Rangers are members of our community, and you should feel free to request their assistance at any time. They are available 24/7 on foot and bike patrol, at Ranger headquarters on the Esplanade near Center Camp, and at the Ranger Outposts in the 3:00 & 9:00 plazas.
Emergency Services Department (ESD)
Black Rock City Emergency Services Department personnel wear yellow shirts labeled “Emergency Services” and feature the ESD logo on their uniforms and vehicles. They provide BRC with firefighting, emergency medical, and crisis intervention services. ESD is not part of any law enforcement or outside agency. Medical Stations are located on the Esplanade at 5:15, behind the 3:00 and 9:00 Civic Plazas on Ceremony, behind the 4:30 and 7:30 Art Plazas on Hallowed, and out on the playa between the Temple and the Man.
Law enforcement officers have a difficult yet important job on and off the playa. There are multiple law enforcement agencies at Burning Man, including the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the Pershing County Sheriff’s Office. Please respect the valuable work that they do — we could not have the event without their services. It is the duty of all law enforcement personnel to enforce the law in a courteous and respectful manner.
Help from Law Enforcement
If you need law enforcement assistance for any reason, please wave down a patrol unit, find a Black Rock Ranger who will help you contact law enforcement, or visit the law enforcement substation located at 5:30 and Esplanade. The station is open 24/7 during the event and is staffed by BLM and the Pershing County Sheriff’s Office.
Law Enforcement Feedback
If you have any feedback (negative or positive) for law enforcement, please fill out a Law Enforcement Feedback Form at Playa Info or Black Rock Ranger HQ in Center Camp. Your feedback helps improve how we work with the agencies to ensure the safety of our event. It’s very important that you fill out the form completely and truthfully. Include the officer’s name, agency, vehicle license number, badge number, time of day, details of the event, and the names of any witnesses. Avoid hearsay and accusations that can’t be substantiated. Feedback forms turned into Burning Man during the event are discussed with law enforcement agencies the next morning; the timely return of these forms enables us to act on them before the event is over.