More than 500 schoolchildren from Farnborough and Aldershot got some vital safety lessons when they took part in the annual Junior Citizens' Scheme at the Runways End Scout Activity Centre in Aldershot.

Karen Fryer, the organiser of the scheme, from Rushmoor Council, said: "The children learned what to do in emergencies by experiencing first hand how to react when a smoke alarm goes off, how to deal with approaches from ‘strangers' and how to put an unconscious person into the recovery position.

"They also learned why it is not a good idea to pick objects up while on the army ranges; why not to play on railway lines; how to avoid electric shocks in the home and why we should all recycle and reduce waste."

The seven safety scenarios were set up and run by the fire and police services, the Royal Military Police, Southern Electric, Rushmoor Council's Environmental Services, Surrey Ambulance Service and Railtrack.

The Mayor of Rushmoor, Coun Brian Jupp, who visited the scheme with the mayoress, Margaret Jupp, said: "It is wonderful that here in Rushmoor we can teach children such important lessons in safety and I thank all the organisations involved."

All junior schools in the borough were invited to send pupils aged 10-11 to participate in this hands-on safety scheme.