Ground breaking research in Sheffield will enable firefighters to use a sophisticated computer system to target their safety work at the most vulnerable communities.
If successful, the cutting edge approach could be adopted by other fire services across the country.
Research to develop the programme has been carried out by academics from both The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University.
It brings together leading experts in behavioural risk analysis, the study of social processes and frontline fire service knowledge.
The project has been awarded £62,000 from a new South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority fund - the Stronger Safer Communities Reserve, which is a £2 million pot to support projects which reduce injuries, save lives and make South Yorkshire safer.
Dr Daniela Romano, from The University of Sheffield’s department of computer science, said: “We live in increasingly complex social networks, with our behaviours being influenced by many interrelated factors. This predictive model will unpack this complexity, and help manage resources and services targeted at the most vulnerable groups in our community.”
Sheffield Hallam Stephen Hobson said: “The Stronger Safer Communities Reserve has provided an incredible opportunity for university collaboration.”
Nicola Smith, from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority, added: “The research we are supporting is a cutting edge exploration of behaviours during our prevention and response activities. Partnerships with well respected-organisations like The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University will place us at the forefront of modern approaches to delivering improved community safety.”