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Mark W Lamplugh Jr
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The Firefighter Recovering

The number one step is to forgive yourself. You are not a defective piece of equipment. You are never a failure for your feelings. There is no dishonor in what you have experienced. In fact, many of the strongest, kindest, noblest firefighters I ever met had come through some terrible darkness and lived to see the other side. Suicide attempts, opiate addiction, alcoholism, poverty, and crime. To come to terms with the dark parts of your history requires great integrity and courage.…See More
Apr 17
Mark W Lamplugh Jr posted a blog post

Firefighters and The Struggle With Sleep

You’re rolling around in your bunk. Your weary eyes gaze through the gloom to your digital clock - 3:00 AM. You turn again and sigh. One minute, you’re too hot and kick at your sheets. The next, too cold. You can hear your buddy snoozing on the other side of the room - why can’t you be like him? You know a call could come at any time, but you try to force that thought from your mind. You need rest. You screw your eyes shut, and immediately the day’s events start playing over again in your head.…See More
Apr 3
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FireFighterClose Calls

Fires & runs with a "Close Call" where we coulda, shoulda, woulda-or, it was simply not avoidable. Short and sweet: what happened, what we learned, would do different...or...sometimes this sh!t just happens. A place to pass it on for others to learn.See More
Mar 20
Mark W Lamplugh Jr posted a blog post

Compassion Fatigue; Are Firefighters At Risk?

"Compassion fatigue" is a term that may be unfamiliar to some, but is rapidly becoming a recognized issue in our society.  One day, fire culture may see compassion fatigue listed and treated as a mental hazard along with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Indeed, the two are often parallel .  But what is compassion fatigue?             One of the pioneers of our understanding of compassion fatigue was Dr. Charles Figley, who defined it as follows:             "Compassion Fatigue is a state…See More
Mar 20
Mark W Lamplugh Jr posted a blog post

S-T-R-E-S-S Those Letters Can Kill Firefighters

Firefighting has always been an occupation fit only for the brave.  In the firefighting community in America today, we face unprecedented new challenges.  There is no escaping the reality that the fire situation is getting worse, particularly for firefighters on the ground. Firefighters are increasingly being asked to cover more areas of expertise in more complex fire environments.  Many fire departments are now required to cover Advanced Life Support incidents if they want to have any chance…See More
Mar 2
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Mar 1
Mark W Lamplugh Jr posted a blog post

Going 0-100 Daily Will Take its Toll On Any Firefighter.

It’s 0400, and the alarm goes off. The synapses crackle to life. Adrenaline, rushing through your brain. The amygdala fires off and muscle memory takes over. It’s a blur as you rise to wakefulness and body your way through the hall to the ready room and from there, the crew carrier, the engine, or the ambulance. This is the life of the first responder. One moment, dead asleep, exhausted. The next, firing on all cylinders, your mind racing, reviewing your SOP’s internally. The teeth clench, the…See More
Jan 16
Mark W Lamplugh Jr posted a blog post

The Problem With Alcohol And Firefighters

Firefighters represent a lot of things in the public imagination.  Words like “courage,” “selflessness,” “integrity” and “reliability” spring to mind.  But there is a darker side to fire culture as well - a system of thought that can sometimes shatter families and lead promising firefighters to an early grave.  Ask any seasoned firefighter whether firefighters drink more than average, and you’re likely to get largely the same…See More
Jan 2
Mark W Lamplugh Jr posted a blog post

Firefighter Down from Suicide.

As a firefighter, we face death in a million forms every day.  It could be the crash of a falling roof beam, entrapment in a quick-moving blaze, or the slow poison of the toxins we’ve accumulated in our lungs.  But there’s one that seems to make some people especially uncomfortable: suicide.  For those of us who have never felt the urge, it can be incomprehensible that anybody would want to take their own life.  Out of the pain and…See More
Dec 19, 2016
Mark W Lamplugh Jr is now a member of Fire Engineering Training Community
Dec 9, 2016

Profile Information

Lives in:
West Palm Beach
Department:
Lower Chichester
Title/rank:
Captain
Years of public service:
16
Agency structure:
Combination fire department
Top issues in your department:
Staffing and Training
Professional Qualifications:
Basic, Structual, Crew Leader, Haz-Mat, Vehicle Rescue I & II, Fireground Operations, Fire I & II.
Topics you provide training for:
Mental and Behavioral Health
Areas of expertise:
Mental and Behavioral Health
Bio:
Mark Lamplugh is a fourth-generation firefighter and former captain with the Lower Chichester (PA) Fire Company. He is the Chief Executive Officer with 360 Wellness Inc. (www.360wellness.org). Lamplugh is also nationally recognized in Crisis Stress Intervention through the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. He has helped hundreds of firefighters, police officers, veterans, EMS personnel, and civilians nationwide find help for addiction, alcoholism, PTSD, and mental health support. He can be reached for comment at mark@360wellness.org.
Web site:
http://www.360wellness.org

Mark W Lamplugh Jr's Blog

The Firefighter Recovering

The number one step is to forgive yourself. You are not a defective piece of equipment. You are never a failure for your feelings. There is no dishonor in what you have experienced. In fact, many of the strongest, kindest, noblest firefighters I ever met had come through some terrible darkness and lived to see the other side. Suicide attempts, opiate addiction, alcoholism, poverty, and crime. To come to terms with the dark parts of your history requires great integrity and courage.…

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Posted on April 17, 2017 at 1:00pm

Firefighters and The Struggle With Sleep

You’re rolling around in your bunk. Your weary eyes gaze through the gloom to your digital clock - 3:00 AM. You turn again and sigh. One minute, you’re too hot and kick at your sheets. The next, too cold. You can hear your buddy snoozing on the other side of the room - why can’t you be like him? You know a call could come at any time, but you try to force that thought from your mind. You need rest. You screw your eyes shut, and immediately the day’s events start playing over again in your…

Continue

Posted on April 3, 2017 at 11:42am

Compassion Fatigue; Are Firefighters At Risk?

"Compassion fatigue" is a term that may be unfamiliar to some, but is rapidly becoming a recognized issue in our society.  One day, fire culture may see compassion fatigue listed and treated as a mental hazard along with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Indeed, the two are often parallel .  But what is compassion fatigue?

 

            One of the pioneers of our understanding of compassion fatigue was Dr. Charles Figley, who defined it as follows:

 …

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Posted on March 20, 2017 at 11:00am

S-T-R-E-S-S Those Letters Can Kill Firefighters

Firefighting has always been an occupation fit only for the brave.  In the firefighting community in America today, we face unprecedented new challenges.  There is no escaping the reality that the fire situation is getting worse, particularly for firefighters on the ground.

 

Firefighters are increasingly being asked to cover more areas of expertise in more complex fire environments.  Many fire departments are now required to cover Advanced Life Support incidents if they want…

Continue

Posted on March 2, 2017 at 9:00am

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