Emergency Services Professional - Mental Health Advocate - Educator
David Wiklanski is an Engine Company Lieutenant for an urban fire department in New Jersey. He has over twenty years in Emergency Services. Wiklanski is a highly known speaker and writer, most notably for his presentations on behavioral health, in addition to Suicide Terrorism. His mission is to end the stigma associated with mental health and to connect responders with the available resources to not only survive but thrive in their careers.
His presentations have been followed at many seminars at the local, state, and national levels.
He contributes articles to Fire Engineering, Firehouse Magazine, Firehouse Tribune, and Firefighting in Canada. His first book: Suicide Bombers, Understanding Suicide Terrorism from a Cultural and Memetic perspective is available online and he is currently working on authoring his next book.
Wiklanski has an MA in Behavioral Sciences-Human Behavior and Organizational Psychology from Kean University. He is on faculty at Kean University where he regularly lectures on all aspects of Psychology. He holds certifications as a Fire Instructor II and EMT Instructor. He is a Behavioral Health Specialist for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) working on projects such as the Taking Care of Our Own (TCOOO) course and the Incident Commander to Incident Commander (IC to IC) Peer Support Team. He is the owner of Alpha Omega Training Solutions.