The Dawson County Sheriff’s Office is a full service 24/7 law enforcement agency that is comprised of approximately one hundred and twelve employees dedicated to serving the citizens and visitors of Dawson County. Employees serve in the patrol/warrants division, criminal investigations, detention, and the communications/911 center. Among the community based programs are the Junior Law Enforcement Academy and the Explorer Program.
The Dawson County Fire/Rescue Division currently operates eight stations staffed by both career and volunteer personnel to provide service to the city of Dawsonville and Dawson County. The division responds to all matters of fire suppression and rescue incidents, along with all medical assist calls received.
Areas of emphasis for educating citizenry include topics on the dangers of fire, fire prevention, injury prevention, CPR and First Aid, disaster preparedness, conduction of safety surveys in local businesses, maintaining and testing all fire hydrants, and installing smoke detectors for the needy and elderly. The Division participates in a Child Safety Seat inspection and distribution program, and partners with Safe Kids to do annual Bike Rodeos in each of the county elementary schools. In addition, services include a K-9 Strike Team to assist in locating missing or overdue individuals. Dawson County’s current ISO rating is a Class 6-10 and the City of Dawsonville is a Class 4-10.
The Dawson County Fire Marshall’s Division is staffed with three full-time personnel–the Fire Marshal and two Fire Inspectors. This division is responsible for:
- Building plan reviews
- Site plan reviews
- Rezoning reviews
- Fire code inspections
- Fire investigations
- Compliance with local, state, and federal fire prevention laws, ordinances, and codes
- Fire safety public education
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Division
Dawson County Emergency Medical Services Division currently operates three Paramedic level Ambulances and one Paramedic level Engine daily. Each of these units is equipped with EKG’s capable of transmitting data to the receiving hospitals and other specialized equipment. The EMS Division is staffed by the Chief and 24 full-time employees, of which 23 are Paramedic level certified, and 18 part-time employees, of whom 9 are Paramedics. All personnel are cross-trained as firefighters. The EMS division responds to all calls for help related to medical or trauma incidents. The EMS Division also provides public education and medical pre-plans for businesses.
The Dawson County Training Division trains all Dawson County Emergency Service Personnel in all aspects of emergency care, fire and rescue operations, and EMA operations. The training division ensures that all personnel are up to date on technology and methodology, and schedules advanced training beyond the minimum requirements. Each year, the career and volunteer members complete thousands of hours of training not only to maintain and improve skill sets, but also to maintain levels of certification.