Dawson County EMS staffing reaches crisis stage

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Emergency Services Director Danny Thompson made a heartfelt and emotional plea for a pay raise on behalf of the men and women of his department during Thursday’s Board of Commissioners work session.

Thompson said the attrition rate in emergency services is nearing a “crisis situation” with 11 percent of the employees leaving to work at other fire departments or to go into the private sector. “That is two-and-a-half times the national average, he said.

“In exit interviews, we’ve learned that a lot of them love working in Dawson County. The big reason for the exodus is money. Right now, there are 11 fire departments within 30 miles of this county that pay between $10,000 and $16,000 more.”

Thompson presented three options to commissioners for a potential salary increase.

When asked by Commissioner Sharon Fausett which option worked best for his department, he answered Option A – a 10 percent across-the-board increase for all personnel.

Dozens of firefighters/EMTs sat in the audience as Thompson spoke

“These men and women sitting back here tonight love this county. They love its residents. They’re willing to make the ultimate sacrifice. But, I need your help,” he said.

“Bottom line is I need you to stand up for these men and women. Don’t turn your back on them because tonight, if you need them, they’re going to be there for you no matter what decision you make. I’m troubled as you can tell. I’m tired of looking at these men and women knowing they’re living paycheck to paycheck. It’s sad and it’s got to stop. It starts with you guys.”

While Thompson said the situation is nearing the crisis state, Chairman Billy Thurmond, who used to manage the same department said, “I can tell you, having run this department that 11 vacancies is a crisis today. That is not a crisis tomorrow.”

Agenda items discussed during work sessions are generally voted on at the next regular meeting.

 

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Owner of vehicle submerged in Lake Lanier remains a mystery

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — Dawson County officials are withholding the name of the person who owns a 2009 silver Toyota Tacoma found submerged in Lake Lanier Tuesday (Feb. 26). Emergency personnel removed the vehicle  but found no victims.

Workers on the lake discovered the vehicle and called 911.

Dawson County Emergency Services received the call at 11:04 a.m. and Engine 2 arrived on scene at 11:11 a.m. Dawson County Sheriff’s Office, Hall County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team and officers from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) also responded.

DNR performed side sonar scans with negative findings. Hall County’s dive team performed an area grid search with no findings. Dawson County Fire Department will conduct shore line sweeps of the area once a day for the next seven days.

This incident is being investigated by Dawson County Sheriff’s Office. The cause is undetermined pending further investigation.

(Photos were taken by Laura Fulcher, Dawson County Public Relations).

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Heavy rains force closure of a portion of Reece Road

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Dawson County Public Works alongside Dawson County Emergency Services responded to Reece Road the morning of February 21, 2019, where a portion of the road had washed out due to heavy rain in the area. The current pipe has been removed and the area has been stabilized with material on-site to have new pipe installed; this will begin on Monday, February 25, weather permitting. The Lake has stabilized with no fear of the dam breeching.

Currently there are water, power and phone lines on the road. All providers have been on-site with the exception of phone, as there has been no disruption of service. Amicalola EMC will shut down power to the line on Monday when the new pipe is installed.

At this time, Reece Road is closed until further notice. Residents with addresses 0-400 have been redirected to Highway 183 and residents with addresses 400 and above have been redirected to Old Henry Grady Road. No residents are displaced at this time.

(Photos were taken by Dawson County Emergency Services and Dawson County Public )Works

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No injuries reported as tractor trailer overturns on Hwy. 53

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DAWSON COUNTY, Ga. – Dawson County Emergency Services Director Danny Thompson reported that a tractor trailer overturned at 11:05 a.m. today on SR 53 just east of GA 400. There were no injuries and the investigation is under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol. No further details are available at this time. Fetch Your News will have more information as it becomes available.

 

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Five people injured in Dawson County wreck Thursday

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DAWSON COUNTY, Ga. — Five people were injured in a single-vehicle accident on Hwy. 136 West between New Hope Road and Crane Road this afternoon (Feb. 1).

Dawson County Emergency Services Director Danny Thompson said, “First arriving units found one vehicle down an embankment containing five patients. Dawson Fire responded with two engines, two med units, a mutual aid med unit from Pickens County and Air Life 3.”

Thompson did not provide additional details on the identity of the individuals injured or the the extent of their injuries.

“I am very proud of the hard work of my personnel and the Dawson County Sheriff’s Department. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this motor vehicle accident,” he said.

The Georgia State Patrol has taken over the accident investigation.

Fetch Your News will have additional information as soon as it is available.

 

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Dawson firefighters respond to back-to-back fires Friday

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Contact:     Danny Thompson 678-410-1738                             January 25, 2018

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — Dawson County Fire units responded to back to back structure fires on Friday (Jan. 25).

The first structure fire dispatched at 2:27 p.m. was located at 92 Dogwood Way. Dawson County E911 received multiple reports of this fire while units were enroute. Engine 3 arrived on scene to find a single-family dwelling with heavy smoke and flames showing.

Crews initiated an aggressive interior attack to knock down the fire. Multiple hand lines were used until the fire was under control at 3:26. Personnel continued to hit hot spots for several hours and assisted the homeowners with salvaging belongings. Crews continued to check for hot spots throughout the evening to ensure no rekindle.

The second fire was dispatched shortly after units cleared the previous fire. Dawson County E911 received a reported house fire at 6:14 p.m., located at 207 Sundown Way. On arrival, Dawson County Emergency Services units encountered a single-family dwelling with heavy fire showing. Crews initiated and aggressive attack and was able to contain the fire to the chimney.

Both fires are under investigation, but appear to be accidental in nature. There were no injuries to any firefighters or civilians at either fire.

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Officials say resignation of volunteers won’t affect ISO or fire protection for Wildcat Community

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Dawson County officials issued the following press release Monday:

“Dawson County Emergency Services continues to provide fire and medical coverage to the Wildcat Community. The agency stands ready and is prepared to serve this community. In no way do the recent resignations of Station 8 volunteer support personnel members affect the ISO rating for this community, nor does it decrease the level of service provided. Measures have been put in place to ensure adequate service now and into the future.

“Dawson County Emergency Services continues to work closely with Pickens County, and both departments demonstrated this commitment over the weekend during the winter weather event. Additionally, Dawson County officials are working together to ensure the continued safety of both residents and visitors.

“Over the past few weeks, there has been much said regarding the future of Station 8,” said Dawson County Manager David Headley. “I want to affirm with the residents of the Wildcat Community that Dawson County will honor its commitment to them by not abandoning the services outlined in our agreement.

“Steps are being taken to enhance the level of service, and we look forward to working alongside the residents of the Wildcat Community as well as Pickens County moving ahead.”

 

 

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DCEMS, DCHS and KARE for Kids team up to provide bright Christmas for underprivileged children

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Dawson County emergency services personnel went above and beyond their normal life-saving call of duty Friday, by partnering with KARE for Kids and Dawson County High School’s Community Based Instruction (CBI) program for an annual shopping event that will brighten the Christmas holiday for underprivileged children.

The kids, excited and eager to begin their shopping spree met their sponsors at 10 a.m. inside Walmart before heading off in all directions.

“This event really allows us to focus on teaching the value of volunteering to assist our community,” said Chris Archer, Lieutenant of Fire Prevention.

Shopping with KARE for Kids also provides an opportunity for all three of these groups to continue to grow and to reach the community on multiple levels.

This is the second time Emergency Services and the CBI have teamed up for this event. Last Christmas KARE for Kids provided Christmas to 500 kids.

“Christmas shopping with these children allows us an opportunity to continue to give back to our community,” said Danny Thompson, Fire Chief at Dawson County Emergency Services.

Jeff Bailey, Division Chief Fire Marshal at Dawson County Emergency Services added, “The students in the CBI program are really committed to ensuring they are shopping for what the sponsored child wanted and this is a great opportunity for both of us to learn.”

Both Dawson County Emergency Services and Dawson County High School Community Based Instruction’s (CBI) commitment to this annual event with Kare for Kids is fueled by a desire to serve their community.

 

 

 

 

 

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