WHETHER it’s fighting fires or combating crime, Jon Arey’s your man.
Not content with being a police community support officer (PCSO), the father-of-four has now qualified as a retained firefighter.
Having been a full-time PCSO at Morley Police Station in Leeds for five years, he now provides on-call cover at Marsden Fire Station in his spare time.
He said: “It’s a big commitment but it’s really worthwhile. It helps your community and gives you a good feeling.
Jon, 32, started as a PCSO when he was living in Leeds.
He decided to look into becoming a retained firefighter after moving to Marsden to be with his partner, Stacey Murphy.
He took leave from his job as a PCSO to train at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s International Training Centre in Birkenshaw, graduating in December.
He said: “The community safety aspect of being a firefighter is very similar to the work I do with the police, so the roles complement each other.”
A typical day includes patrolling the beat as a PCSO before going on-call for Marsden Fire Station.
In theory he is available to turn out in his fireman’s uniform for more than 100 hours a week.
In reality he is rarely called upon for more than a few hours a week.
He has already attended road accidents and house fires.
Jon added: “It can be restrictive and I do give up a lot of my time, but it is worth it and I can’t think of anything more I would like to give my time up for.”
Surprisingly, he also finds time for hobbies including climbing and teaching martial arts.
Marsden Fire Station Manager Paul Suchi said: “His enthusiasm is infectious and he is very keen to learn.”