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

Injured on the Job and now Addicted to Pain Medication

Thomas Jefferson once said, “With great risk comes great reward.”  There are numerous rewards and incentives of being a firefighter. We are revered and respected members of our communities, the emotional rewards are boundless, and we are granted a…See More
20 hours ago
Mark W Lamplugh Jr posted a blog post

Loving and Supporting a Firefighter With PTSD

The brotherhood of the fire service is unparalleled, understood only by members of this exclusive club.  Firefighters train alongside each other, rise through the ranks, and entrust our lives to each other’s hands. We understand without explanation…See More
Oct 8
Mark W Lamplugh Jr posted a blog post

On the Job with PTSD

The news channels, commercials, and social media often emphasize the crisis that is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that plagues our veterans of the past and warfighters of the present, but how often does the PTSD among firefighters publicize?…See More
Sep 25
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

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

Injured on the Job and now Addicted to Pain Medication

Thomas Jefferson once said, “With great risk comes great reward.”  There are numerous rewards and incentives of being a firefighter. We are revered and respected members of our communities, the emotional rewards are boundless, and we are granted a lifetime membership into a brotherhood that is linked to firehouses all around the world.  But, as with most things in life, great rewards are often generated from great risk.  In order for something to be classified…

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Posted on October 21, 2018 at 6:00pm

Loving and Supporting a Firefighter With PTSD

The brotherhood of the fire service is unparalleled, understood only by members of this exclusive club.  Firefighters train alongside each other, rise through the ranks, and entrust our lives to each other’s hands. We understand without explanation what other firefighters are experiencing, even when located halfway around the world.  We know the rush of adrenaline when the pager goes off, comprehend feelings of pride and accomplishment, and understand…

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Posted on October 8, 2018 at 11:30am

On the Job with PTSD

The news channels, commercials, and social media often emphasize the crisis that is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that plagues our veterans of the past and warfighters of the present, but how often does the PTSD among firefighters publicize? Although the media is beginning to recognize the importance of stress after traumatic events, the first responders rarely seem to get the attention needed to progress in treatment options and solutions. However, even…

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Posted on September 25, 2018 at 10:00am

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

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