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Fire department members pose for a group picture in front of the town’s brick fire station in this 1936 photograph. This is the same building being used by the department today.

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

Grab the kids, earplugs and maybe even a coat; Thursday night is Pulaski Fire Department’s 71st annual Fire Prevention Parade.

Temperatures are expected to dip into the upper 40s for the first time this fall, suggesting a coat or blanket may be in order as the sun sets Thursday.

The parade gets underway at 7 p.m. at Pulaski Plaza on East Main Street. It proceeds west on Main to Jefferson Avenue and then disbands. Main Street traffic is detoured around the parade route during the event.

In addition to trucks and flatbed trailers loaded with young recreation teams and cheerleaders, Pulaski Fire Chief Robbie Kiser says 100 to 110 fire and emergency services vehicles are expected to take part in the parade again this year.

Participating first responders represent about 30 departments from Pulaski and surrounding counties, according to the chief. He says departments from as far away as Glen Lynn, Floyd and Cana participate.

Pulaski’s parade is one of six Pulaski and other Southwest Virginia fire departments are sponsoring or participating in during National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 7-13.

This year’s theme is “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.”

At the parade’s conclusion, Pulaski Fire Department treats participating first responders to a barbecue dinner at the fire station.

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