Retirement is often seen as a time to hit the golf course or the cruise ship.
But Tamworth retiree, Jim Newton wants to be doing something valuable with his remaining years.
He is the SES Chaplain for Western NSW. To be first on the scene of a car accident or suicide can have a profound effect, especially if children are involved.
Some people can bounce back but others are deeply shaken.
Over time family and friends may observe changes in personality or lifestyle or there may be ongoing relationship issues and they need someone to draw alongside. It's time to call the chaplain.
For the last two weeks Jim has been particularly busy at the fire HQ at Glen Innes. Workers come back after a difficult day in the firing line. They're dirty and hungry and sometimes frustrated at having done their best and still lost the battle.
Jim just sits with them and listens and reassures. Under such circumstances eternal issues are very much on the table and people like to see that the Chaplain is there.
But Jim too needs his own physical and emotional support. He is blessed with a capable and supportive wife, Heather. "I'm really proud of what he does", she says, "Jim is a real communicator. He connects with everyone."
And yes, Jim and Heather do go holidaying. They will typically pull into a free caravan park and put up a sign that says "Chapel-van here 7.30 tonight".
Then they drag the chairs into a circle, pull out a guitar and a few songs and have some prayer for the journey and families of those present.
It's God's people stepping out of the box and putting folk in touch with Jesus.