As a point of discussion, I'd like to note that out of all of the "guidelines" for dangerous art, the fire safety rules are more and more restrictive. I know a lot of good people work on and run the FAST team and probably worked really hard putting together these rules and regs, but I really want to know if these are proactive or reactive.
Was there a reason, an event, an accident, a new dickhead fire marshal, that such detailed operating procedures were hammered out? Or is this an attempt to avoid any of those problems in the first place?
I was a firefighter, I'm certified Firefighter 2 and have been in burning buildings etc. I'm not clueless as to why these rules are here, but they seem very out of character for the way things are generally run around the rest of the event. Not much chance for self-reliance on anyone's part IMHO
One that sticks out to me is the perimeter page http://www.burningman.com/installations/safety_perimeters.html
Again- I know some of you who have helped me out before had a big part in these rules, and I don't mean this as an attack. The rules all make sense, but I'm not used to the burning man FAQ section reading like the SOG for a fire department. I'm very curious as to why this had to be done.