The second stage of developments at Naracoorte’s SA Volunteer Fire Fighters Museum started last week ahead of the upcoming memorial service.
Staff from Kerkhof Concrete have been hard at work laying the foundations and cementing a small wall at the museum site on Kingston Ave.
Rex Hall, chair of the SA Volunteer Fire Fighters Museum, said the new wall will be used as a barrier for a garden and car park in preparation for the museum.
A working bee is scheduled for the beautification of the site before a a memorial service is held there soon.
The service on April 22 will focus on the contribution of Forestry SA workers who have lost their lives.
“It’s a great sadness when we lose a fire fighter so it is important we pause to reflect on their sacrifice and never forget the bravery they displayed,” Mr Hall said.
At the ceremony, a plaque will be unveiled in memory of the eight fire fighters whose lives were taken in the Wandilo forest fire in 1958.
Forestry SA chief executive Jerome Coleman said the plaque was a poignant reminder of the men who died in the course of their fire fighting duties.
“Almost 60 years on, this tragedy remains in the forefront of the minds of local fire fighters,” Mr Coleman said.
Mr Coleman believes the tragedy has lead to major improvements in fire equipment, training, communications and inter-agency cooperation.
Mr Hall has urged the public to attend the service, with a special invitation to extended families, friends and colleagues of fire fighters lost in the line of duty.
For more information, contact Mr Hall on 0417 081 560.