Campaigners have unveiled a major new weapon in the battle against devastating house fires.
An army of people are being recruited to a scheme in whichthey will be taught how to spot fire risks in their neighbours' homes.
The ambitious plan now needs interested volunteers to come on board and help save lives.
The Peterlee scheme comes at a time when County Durham has already suffered seven fatal blazes this year.
East Durham Trust is leading the innovative project, which will see volunteers being trained by ex-firefighters in how to carry out safety visits in the homes of vulnerable people.
Once competent, these volunteers will carry out visits where they will identify potential fire risks and arrange for appropriate action such as the fitting of free smoke alarms.
Trust chiefs say County Durham's serious fires could have been avoided by better monitoring and advice.
The scheme has been jointly funded by County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue and North Peterlee Neighbourhood Pathfinder.
Anyone wanting to get involved should contact Abby Thompson at East Durham Trust on 569 3511 or email: email@example.com