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Inspired by the radio code for "in service", Team Ten Eight is Canada's only podcast dedicated to honouring the people who serve and sacrifice to keep us healthy, safe and secure. We launched this project to provide a platform for the incredible people who choose to step up and serve to share their remarkable stories; to offer a medium for you, the listener, to gain a deeper understanding about the person behind the uniform; and, to present a different perspective of the law enforcement, emergency services and military communities than what often dominates the headlines. Go behind the scenes and beyond the badge. Learn what a day in the life looks like for front line health care workers, first responders, law enforcement and military veterans. Understand how these jobs impact them and their families. Honour their service and sacrifice by simply listening.

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Inspired by the radio code for "in service", Team Ten Eight is Canada's only podcast dedicated to honouring the people who serve and sacrifice to keep us healthy, safe and secure. We launched this project to provide a platform for the incredible people who choose to step up and serve to share their remarkable stories; to offer a medium for you, the listener, to gain a deeper understanding about the person behind the uniform; and, to present a different perspective of the law enforcement, emergency services and military communities than what often dominates the headlines. Go behind the scenes and beyond the badge. Learn what a day in the life looks like for front line health care workers, first responders, law enforcement and military veterans. Understand how these jobs impact them and their families. Honour their service and sacrifice by simply listening.

    MCpl. John Dowe: Somalia and the Suicide Drug

    MCpl. John Dowe: Somalia and the Suicide Drug

    Master Corporal (ret'd) John Dowe is a Canadian Armed Forces veteran.

    In 1993, as a member of the Airborne Regiment, he deployed to Somalia and witnessed what would eventually become known as the “Somalia Affair”. An incident so tragic, that it led to a national public inquiry, the resignation of the Minister of Defense and the disbanding of this elite special forces unit. 
    After transitioning to civilian life, John began investigating the effects of mefloquine, an anti-malarial pill he calls a "suicide drug", and co-founded the International Mefloquine Veterans Alliance to inform veterans, health, and military leaders, about the short- and long-term effects of this anti-malarial drug.

    He continues to advocate for a  Royal Commission to investigate the drug's  prescription and use by the Canadian military and is the lead client in a mass tort lawsuit seeking compensation for veterans who were prescribed mefloquine on missions in Somalia, Rwanda, Haiti, Afghanistan and elsewhere.   

    On this episode John talks about the mission in Somalia, why he believes mefloquine played a significant role in the beating death of Somali teen Shidane Arone, and how 1 in 5 veteran PTSD cases are misdiagnosed. 

    • 49 min
    Capt. Steve Farina: We Are Our Own Worst Enemies

    Capt. Steve Farina: We Are Our Own Worst Enemies

    Captain Steve Farina is a veteran British Columbia firefighter, an executive board member of the International Association of Firefighters Local 1782 and Vice President of the BC Professional Fire Fighter Association (BCPFFA) which represents over 4,000 professional firefighters across the province.
    He is also actively engaged in firefighter and first responder mental health initiatives through his work as vice chair for both the BCPFFA's Health and Safety Committee and their Mental Health Committee, the IAFF’s Behavioral Health Committee, Coquitlam Fire Rescue’s Critical Incident Stress Team and the WorkSafe BC led BC First Responder Mental Health Steering Committee.

    Despite all the work he's doing advocating for better approaches to mental health, Steve talks about how hard it was following his own advice when things got to be too much; how he benefited from the First Responder Resiliency Program program offered through Blueprint and  why, when it comes to men's mental health in particular, we're our own worst enemies. 

    Please click on any of the links above to learn more about or to contribute to the organizations and programs discussed in this episode. 
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    • 58 min
    Sgt. Laurie White: 10-33 Officer Down

    Sgt. Laurie White: 10-33 Officer Down

    Sergeant (ret’d) Laurie White spent 23 years as a British Columbia based member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. She’s been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Medal of Valour from the International Association of Women Police.
     On November 27, 1998, she heard the radio call that no police officer ever wants to hear, “10-33”. That’s the radio code indicating the highest priority emergency, an officer is down. She never thought the one and only time she’d hear that call, that she was the emergency, that she was the officer down.
    Laurie joins us on this episode to talk about that harrowing day, her physical and mental journey to get back to active duty and her recently published memoir, aptly entitled 10-33: An Officer Down Steps Back Up. 
    For more information about her book please visit Friesen Press. 
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Sgt. Kerry Williams: The Canadian Police Mission in Ukraine

    Sgt. Kerry Williams: The Canadian Police Mission in Ukraine

    Sergeant Kerry Williams, a 21 year member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police,  is among a select few Canadian police officers who have rotated through the Canadian Police Mission in Ukraine. 

    On this episode, Kerry shares her personal experience and perspective as we discuss why Canada is engaged in the mission, how novel some Canadian concepts - like scenario based training and community policing - are to Ukraine, and the challenge of influencing Ukrainian police officers away from corrupt practices. 

      

    • 38 min
    Matt Johnston - Paramilitary Mindsets & Stoic Workplaces

    Matt Johnston - Paramilitary Mindsets & Stoic Workplaces

    Matt Johnston is a full-time firefighter who’s attended over 3500 calls in Metro Vancouver ranging from medical response to hazardous materials and fires.

    He is also an experienced mental health clinician who offers a unique, in-depth understanding of paramilitary mindsets within stoic workplace cultures, and is the Chief Executive Officer of First Responder Health, a service that recently partnered with Wounded Warriors Canada, and helps other mental health clinicians better connect with first responders, law enforcement officers and veterans. Or, in Matt's words, a stoic paramilitary audience. 

    In this episode Matt talks about the challenges faced by public safety professionals when trying to connect with mental health providers and why becoming more occupationally aware is critical to providing good mental health care to those who put service over self.   

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Stories from the flood line - Part 1

    Stories from the flood line - Part 1

    In November of 2021 the province of British Columbia was hammered with two unprecedented weather events. These “atmospheric rivers” resulted in severe flooding, landslides and catastrophic damage to critical rail and highway infrastructure that effectively sealed off Metro Vancouver from the rest of Canada. 
    This episode features Constable Erich Schmidt, an off duty police officer who was pressed into service following mudslides that stranded him and hundreds of other motorists; and, Dave Slatten, a volunteer search and rescue technician with the Central Fraser Valley Search and Rescue Team, who took time away from work for days so he could help rescue families trapped by rising flood waters. 

    This is part 1 of Stories from the Flood Line. 
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    • 28 min

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