Fifty children at a Bishop Auckland primary school enjoyed a visit from a fire engine and its crew.

The reception classes at St Andrew's, in Henknowle, sat in the engine and tried equipment helped by members of Bishop Auckland Fire Station's Blue Watch.

Firefighters gave them a safety lesson on the use of matches and gave out information on smoke alarms for them to take home.

Station manager Peter Matthews said: "We try to visit every school through our community fire safety activities.

"If we can get the safety message across to children, they take it home to their parents."

A school spokeswoman said: "It was an excellent visit. The children tried out the siren and blue light and sat in the cab. They though it was great.

"They all want to be fire fighters when they grow up, girls as well as boys. The fire service should have plenty of applications when they get to 18."