Campbell Prediction System Training
The Fire Behavior Tactics Course
by Doug Campbell
The course begins with a firefighter's mission and vision. This is the driving force behind the firefighters actions. If the mission and vision are to fight fire accompanied by an attitude, then the tougher it is the better, but this sets up certain predictable responses which are not always safe and effective. However, if the mission and vision are to win each engagement, then the risk is lowered and CPS training takes hold.
The next part of the course centers on basic fire science and exposes misconceptions about how air affects forest fuel. This segment proves that fuel temperature variables are the key to certain predictions. Special language is taught enabling students to communicate wildfire potential. The language makes it possible to extract personnel from dangerous situations.
The rest of the course is the application of this system on fires of the past. To avoid repeating the errors of the past we must be able to predict the fire behavior event and use different tactics. When we can teach how to better predict past fire behavior, then events on future fires can be predicted and a safe tactical approach can be devised. This is called fire behavior tactics.
There are numerous fire personnel who have utilized CPS on wildland fires and are qualified to teach the subject. Doug Campbell has retired from teaching. He is however open to teach instructors and furnishing the course material on a one-on-one basis to those individuals interested in instructing the CPS course.
is a CPS instructor & Wildland Fire Specialist. Will is a retired
Division Chief, US Forest Service, Los Angeles River Ranger
District, Angeles National Forest. He began his firefighting career
in 1977 with the Fulton Hotshots in the Sequoia National Forest and
served with the Ojai Hotshots from 1979 to 1982 in the Los Padres
National Forest. The Ojai Hotshots is where Will met Doug
Campbell and learned and began using CPS. In 1995, Will was
promoted to Battalion Chief and he served in that position for eight
years on the Ojai Ranger District of the Los Padres National Forest.
It is at this time that he began to teach the Campbell Prediction
System course at the USFS Region 5 training centers. He has
since taught CPS in several other Regions of the US Forest Service.
Will Spyrison most Recently worked as an Expert Fire Witness
for a litigation case and is currently developing fire applications for
the Apple iPad.
Contact: 805-279-6147. Email: email@example.com