Humberside Fire and Rescue Service is working alongside local NHS teams to deliver domestic sprinkler systems to the homes of vulnerable people.
Under the arrangement, a group from NHS Hull, known as the Long Condition Team, refer likely candidates to the fire service.
Community safety staff from the service then deliver home safety visits to high risk groups. As part of the work they do, the group aims to provide information and advice to residents and businesses about staying safe from fire.
According to the service, a vulnerable Hull resident had a sprinkler system fitted at his home after he was referred to firefighters. He lives alone, is a smoker and has shown early signs for dementia, the service said.
Assistant chief fire officer, Daryl Oprey, said: “Currently very few domestic sprinkler systems are installed in the Humberside area. However we need to increase the scale of these installations and the Service is committed to doing so. We will continue to work in partnership with other organisations to identify and install these life saving systems where they are needed the most. This installation is a perfect example of two organisations working together to increase the safety of vulnerable people.”
Funding has been set aside specifically to make the lives of the “high risk” residents safer, which may include the installation of more sprinkler systems.