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Crew manager John Moss with BBC presenter Nick Knowles, firefighter Paul Adams and firefigher Chris Spink
FIREFIGHTERS from Philips Park Station are helping create a ‘Veterans’ Village’ as part of a project to be featured on the BBC’s DIY SOS show.
The scheme in Newton Heath, which is to be visited by Princes William and Harry today September 23), sees empty houses being renovated for former Army service personnel and their families.
The development will be shown as part of the popular BBC TV makeover series, hosted by Nick Knowles and it is hoped work will be completed by the end of this week.
Fire crews have been helping with general labouring at the site, as well as helping to dampen down dust. After construction is complete, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service will be providing fire prevention advice and other services to the new residents.
Station Manager Paul Fernhead said: “Crews from Philips Park have been along to help out in the afternoons with general labouring in this worthwhile project along with hundreds of other volunteers from across all building trades, the TA and Regular army and local community members.
“The first day of the build was particularly dusty as they were ripping out old plaster and fittings and to help the conditions we volunteered to damp down the dust with our hose reels. The rest of our time has been spent fetching and carrying building materials for the trades people and clearing out and tidying up the work areas so they can work more efficiently.”