Dawson County Emergency Services

Emergency Services photo Lanier Swafford, Fire Chief

393 Memory Lane
Dawsonville, GA 30534


(706) 344-3666 phone
(706) 344-3669 fax

Contact by email

Office Hours:

Monday – Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Dawson County Emergency Services is committed to the perseveration of life and the protection of property for all citizens and visitors of Dawson County. The Emergency Services department consists of the following divisions:

Dawson County Emergency Services proudly provides service to the residents and visitors of Dawson County, as well as the City of Dawsonville. Our coverage area totals 211 square miles, including Springer Mountain, the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, and over 50 miles of shoreline on Lake Sydney Lanier. Lake Lanier is the most visited Corps of Engineers Lake in the United States, attracting over two million visitors annually. DCES operates eight fire stations, of which five are staffed by career and volunteer members, and three are staffed solely by volunteers. Approximately 100 paid and volunteer members of the department responded to over 3,200 calls for service in 2016.

Dawson County has been rated as an ISO Class 3 Fire Department. This community rating, also called the Public Protection Class, is determined by the combined scores awarded to the fire and water departments, as well as the 911 center, and  enables our residents and businesses to receive lower insurance premiums and superior service.

The department was created in 2002 by the Dawson County Board of Commissioners when the volunteer fire department, ambulance service, and emergency management agency were consolidated into one department. DCES serves as an aid to the community and is recognized by many local organizations for its expansive involvement in the community. The department is the host agency to DCES K-9 Team, the Dawson County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and Explorer Post 58. In addition, each year the staff collects funds through boot drives for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Georgia Firefighter’s Burn Foundation, and KARE for Kids. The agency also participates in a variety of programs with the local school system and career fairs, and offers learning opportunities through internship, the Junior Fire Academy, Citizens’ Government Academy.

2016 Annual Report

2015 Annual Report

Dawson County Emergency Services Administration

Lanier Swafford, Fire Chief
(706) 344-3666 x226 - Office
(678) 776-4436 - Cell

Dawn Phillips, Administrative Assistant
(706) 344-3666 x223

Burn Permits - To obtain a burn permit, please contact the Georgia Forestry Commission at 1-800-GA-TREES (428-7337) or visit www.gatrees.org.

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