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Mark W Lamplugh Jr
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Mark W Lamplugh Jr posted a blog post

What you should know as a firefighter about PTSD

Most everyone these days is familiar with the acronym PTSD: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Military personnel Are coming back in record numbers suffering from this disorder. PTSD was first added to the DSM by the American Psychiatric Association¹.…See More
Aug 6
Mark W Lamplugh Jr posted a blog post

EMDR: An Approach to Combat PTSD

People serving in the Public Safety sector are used to acronyms. Codes for various situations, responses, and treatments exist in every department. If you transfer from one department to another, it can almost feel like you have landed in a foreign…See More
Mar 16
Mark W Lamplugh Jr posted a blog post

The Prevalence of Suicide Among Firefighters: The Deaths No One Wants to Talk About

When someone says the word hero, we automatically start thinking about things like courage, nobility, and over-the-top achievements. Heroes go above and beyond the call of duty to help people without giving it a second thought.  They don’t give up…See More
Jan 3
Mark W Lamplugh Jr posted a blog post

Hanging Up the Helmet: Firefighters Preparing for Retirement

Firefighters serve an entire career of being on-call. Nearly every day, they are out and about, working within their communities. Through hosting kindergarten classroom tours, blaring fire engine sirens in the parades, and hosting community…See More
Oct 30, 2017
Mark W Lamplugh Jr posted a blog post

Las Vegas Shooting Underscores Toll of Trauma on First Responders

Whenever we hear about a major tragedy in our nation like a terrorist attack, shooting, or natural disaster, our minds go right to the safety and protection needs of those who are affected. As a nation, we grieve their pain and suffering. The most…See More
Oct 6, 2017
Mark W Lamplugh Jr posted a blog post

Creating Your Own Peer Support Group for Firefighters

Firefighters don’t fight fires or respond to emergencies alone. For the safety of themselves, their peers, and others, they approach crisis situations as a team. The emergencies that firefighters respond to affect them emotionally, long after the…See More
Sep 25, 2017
Mark W Lamplugh Jr posted a blog post

Firefighters and Addiction: The Value of Peer Support

When we think of firefighters or any other type of first responder, it often reminds us of the brotherhood that they share. Early in their careers, firefighters learn to lean on one another inside and outside of the station house. For many of them,…See More
Sep 4, 2017
Mark W Lamplugh Jr posted a blog post

Death Of The Volunteer And Stress Of The Remaining

Young children read many stories about the important work of firefighters. Most people probably have a fond memory of taking a field trip to the fire station during their elementary school years. If they were lucky, they got to climb up into the…See More
Aug 7, 2017
Mark W Lamplugh Jr posted a blog post

Does the Aviation Industry Provide a Model for Stress-Induced Addictions in Firefighters?

As part of their benefits package, most companies offer their employees a specified number of days off for holidays, vacation, personal days, and sick time. In the event of an illness or injury that requires extended time off, hopefully, the…See More
Jun 29, 2017
Mark W Lamplugh Jr posted a blog post

Firefighters: Its time to bring down the weight

Faced with one of the most demanding jobs around, firefighters are trained to act in dangerous and volatile situations. Entering unfamiliar structures that are actively on fire with a ton of heavy gear giving limited mobility, is the number one…See More
May 24, 2017
Mark W Lamplugh Jr posted a blog post

Even Heroes Ask for Help

"By definition, a hero is a man who battles against overwhelming odds for a cause, an ideal, or for the lives of innocents. The cause and ideal may vary with the morning headlines – while the innocents in today's world of muddy morality, may…See More
May 2, 2017
Mark W Lamplugh Jr posted a blog post

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…See More
Apr 17, 2017
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…See More
Apr 3, 2017
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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…See More
Mar 20, 2017
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…See More
Mar 20, 2017
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…See More
Mar 2, 2017

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

What you should know as a firefighter about PTSD

Most everyone these days is familiar with the acronym PTSD: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Military personnel Are coming back in record numbers suffering from this disorder. PTSD was first added to the DSM by the American Psychiatric Association¹. With the recent wars and military activity, the number of those diagnosed with PTSD has dramatically increased. What we realize now is that PTSD is not limited to those who have served in battle. There is another…

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Posted on August 6, 2018 at 2:30pm

EMDR: An Approach to Combat PTSD

People serving in the Public Safety sector are used to acronyms. Codes for various situations, responses, and treatments exist in every department. If you transfer from one department to another, it can almost feel like you have landed in a foreign country. One acronym that everyone is familiar with these days is PTSD-Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. While many people have heard the term, there is a misconception about what PTSD…

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Posted on March 16, 2018 at 10:00am

The Prevalence of Suicide Among Firefighters: The Deaths No One Wants to Talk About

When someone says the word hero, we automatically start thinking about things like courage, nobility, and over-the-top achievements. Heroes go above and beyond the call of duty to help people without giving it a second thought.  They don’t give up no matter how afraid they may be. They’re the kind of people who inspire us to achieve great things in our own lives.

It’s this image that we have of heroes that…

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Posted on January 3, 2018 at 12:00pm

Hanging Up the Helmet: Firefighters Preparing for Retirement

Firefighters serve an entire career of being on-call. Nearly every day, they are out and about, working within their communities. Through hosting kindergarten classroom tours, blaring fire engine sirens in the parades, and hosting community barbeques and firefighter balls, they’ve gotten acquainted with the men and women who govern the town and own businesses. The news reporters have written about their heroism in the…

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Posted on October 30, 2017 at 12:00pm

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