A HOUSING authority has teamed up with firefighters to make their homes safer.
Pennine Housing, which took over responsibility for 12,000 homes from Calderdale Council in 2001, has linked up with West Yorkshire Fire Authority to provide free safety checks.
The project is the first of its kind in West Yorkshire.
The scheme could see a home fire safety check visit at the same time as tenants are visited for an annual gas safety inspection.
Clr Stephen Baines, chairman of the West Yorkshire Fire Authority's Finance and Best Value Committee, applauded the agreement and said he hoped more authorities would follow.
He said: "If we are serious about making our public services more efficient and effective, we have to recognise the need for closer co-operation and collaboration.
"In the past some agencies have been wary of sharing even basic information in case they breached client confidentiality.
"Hopefully we have found a practical way of moving forward."