Dawson County Emergency Services

Emergency Services photo Lanier Swafford, Director

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 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 over 50 miles of shoreline on Lake Sydney Lanier. Lake Lanier is the most visited Corps of Engineers Lake in the United States and annually attracts over two million visitors.

The department was created in 2002 by the Dawson County Board of Commissioners when they consolidated the volunteer fire department, ambulance service, and emergency management agency into one. While much advancement through the years has improved emergency services to the community, this action has possibly been the greatest advancement.  Cross training personnel has not only been cost effective, but has also distributed the work between our staff.

Dawson County Emergency Services is so much more than a fire department, ambulance service, or emergency management agency. DCES is a community department. Recognized by the Rotary Club, First Baptist Church, and Lighthouse Baptist Church to name a few for our community involvement, the list of activities is long. The department is the host agency for Dawson County Safe Kids; we are also home to the widely recognized DCES K-9 Team. Each year our staff collects funds through boot drives for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Georgia Firefighter’s Burn Foundation.  Annually the department participates in the B.E.S.T. program presented in the local high school, participates in career fairs, offers learning opportunities through internship opportunities, and participates in the annual Citizen’s Academy.

2015 Annual Report

Dawson County Emergency Services Administration

The Emergency Services Administrative Office is responsible for managing the operations of all divisions within the department. This office complies and manages the budget for the department and serves as the liaison to the Board of Commissioners. Our department goals are to:

  • Provide the highest quality of service in a caring and professional manner
  • Ensure that “Quality of Life” does matter by providing a safe and timely response and a highly trained staff capable of handling emergency situations, providing education and prevention, and continually meeting and exceeding the expectations of our citizenry.

Lanier Swafford, Emergency Services Director
(706) 344-3666 x225

Betty Martin, Administrative Assistant
(706) 344-3666 x223

Burn Permits

For information on burn permits and regulations, please contact the Georgia Forestry Commission at 877-652-2876, 706-216-2713 or visit www.gatrees.org.