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Upcoming Dates:

Sept. 2023: Buffalo VFD

CODE GREY is an ongoing project that focuses on emphasizing self-care and destigmatizing help-seeking for the first responder community.  The presentation provides an in-depth look at the following:

  • Different types of stress and stress reactions

  • The impact of first responder culture

  • Ways first responders can protect themselves and each other from helper fatigue, burnout, and PTSD

  • The role of leadership in creating a trauma-informed workplace

  • How to access professional help

Presenters: Dr. Kari Mika-Lude and Allen Lude

Where We've Been: 

Nitro/St. Albans (Nitro PD, Nitro, WV); ESCAPe 2020 Conference (Pipestem, WV); Wood County Fire School (Parkersburg, WV); Cabell County (TriState Fire Academy, Huntington, WV); Dunbar Fire Dept. (Dunbar, WV); Kenova Police Dept. (Kenova, WV)

For more information, or to schedule this event for your organization, please contact us at (304) 760-9945 or



Dr. Kari Mika-Lude is a therapist as well as an EMT.  She is also a researcher focused on first responder wellness, and she is conducting a study on how first responders are treated by their organizations as well as the general public.  If you are or were a first responder (paid or volunteer) and would be willing to participate in a brief (~10 mins.), ANONYMOUS online survey, you can access it here.

Who can participate?

Past or current first responders (e.g., law enforcement, fire, EMS, 911/dispatch, search-and-rescue, ER physicians/nurses, and National Guard who are at least 18 years of age.

This study is open for active or retired, paid or volunteer!


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Past Projects

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Toward a Trauma-Informed TSA Workforce was presented at the TSA Supervisory Summit on March 15, 2018 and the TSA Leadership Summit on April 17, 2018 in Charleston, WV.  Participants were educated on the basics of trauma and the trauma response as well as trauma-informed service principles, and they were provided suggestions for practical integration of these principles into the mission of the Transportation Security Administration.


The presentation provided at the West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information and Services 18th Annual Sexual Assault and Stalking Symposium focused on the correlation between sexual violence and substance use/addiction.  Part 1 focused on providing basic information on substance use/addiction and the reciprocal relationship between substance use and sexual victimization, and Part 2 focused on identifying strategies to keep victims engaged and further the healing process, addressing substance use, and empowering victims to seek treatment.

WV FRIS 18th Annual Sexual Assault and Stalking Symposium - 4/11/18

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