A group of primary school children are getting ready for any emergency.

Older pupils at Ewanrigg Junior School in Maryport have been learning all about first aid over recent weeks.

They have learned how to administer CPR and how to manage a medical scene.

They have become proficient in dressing wounds, and learned about the treatment of minor bleeding and burns. They have also been shown how to deal with chronic conditions such as asthma.

The children are following the St John Ambulance First Aid for Schools course.

Learning mentor Kay Dawson said the school has run the course for several years and she believes it is essential for children to learn these important and sometimes life-saving skills.

While the children are enjoying the lessons there is a serious intent behind them - to ensure that these children have the skills to cope in an emergency.

“A few basic skills could help help make a real difference.”