Policeman Colin Kerfoot has to deal with traffic accidents day in day out.
He is often first on the scene at collisions and has dedicated his life striving to reduce death and casualties.
In his quest to deny criminals the freedom of the roads, he undertakes the most rigorous standards of specialist police training in order to carry out his duties safely and efficiently.
So with this in mind you would imagine a holiday to Austria with a close pal would be the perfect way to unwind.
Not so. Instead he and scenes of crimes officer Tim Taylor, both from West Mercia Police, intend to take part in one of the world's toughest endurance contests when they compete in the Iron Man race in Klagenfurt next month.
The challenging triathlon includes a 2.4 mile swim in Lake Worthersee, followed by a 112 mile bike race through the mountains, topped off with a marathon of over 26 miles.
Competitors have 17 hours in which to complete the course but "just to finish" is his aim. Pc Kerfoot believes that he could do it in less than 14 hours in what is his first major event at this distance. The record is held by Luc Van Lierde who crossed the finish line in just over eight hours in 1996.
The officer said he signed up for the event was a desire for a new challenge and to raise money for charity.
"Basically I got injured playing rugby about three years ago and decided to give it up. I took up mountain biking a year later and also entered into the 100 kilometre race," he said.
He is hoping for massive support in his quest to raise money.
"Doing it for charity spurs me on. It is a great incentive.
"I often deal with the Air Ambulance in my profession, they do a brilliant job and I am pleased to be doing this for them.
"Also I am raising money for Cancer Research, an equally deserving charity. I've had close friends die of cancer and it is something close to my heart," he said.
There are 2,200 competitors from more than 50 countries taking part in the event, aged between 18 and 80, a number of whom are international athletes.
Supporting him in his attempt will be his wife, who has decided to fly across with him to the foothills of the Alps.
Mr Taylor's wife and son are also travelling to Austria to encourage them to the finish line.