A joint project between Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue and Public Health teams is featured in a new ITN film called Beyond Blue Lights.

Have a look at how our firefighters are going beyond their traditional role to keep people safe and well in their homes.

The current affairs style programme has been produced by ITN Productions for the Chief Fire Officers Association to promote the work the UK fire and rescue service does to help keep people safe and well.

The programme, introduced by national newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky, features the new Safe and Well Visits being piloted in the Hertsmere area. The county council’s fire and rescue and public health teams have worked together to develop these, building on the success of the existing fire safety checks.

Firefighters at Borehamwood and Potters Bar stations have been given extra training by public health specialists and will now be able to support Hertfordshire’s older and vulnerable residents with health issues such as falls prevention, social isolation, keeping a home warm enough and eating and drinking properly, at the same time as carrying out a home fire safety check.

Firefighters are equipped with the skills to identify potential health and wellbeing issues and where necessary will refer residents to relevant agencies for further support.

For more information about the Safe and Well Visits programme visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/safeandwell where you can also request a visit for yourself or someone you know.