Fire destroys Goshen Church Road home


DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — Dawson County Fire Chief/Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Danny Thompson reported that a single-family residence at 283 Goshen Church Road was totally destroyed by fire Wednesday evening.

Thompson said units were dispatched at 10:51 p.m., and upon arrival of Dawson Engine 6, firefighters encountered a large two-story home heavily involved in flames. The crew went into a defensive operation and battled the fire throughout the night and into the next day, extinguishing flames and hitting hot spots.

None of the residents were at home at the time, and there were no civilian injuries. However, one firefighter suffered from heat exhaustion and was treated on the scene and released.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Dawson County Fire Marshall and State of Georgia Fire Marshall’s office.


Batallion Chief Dooley receives GAFC certification


Dawsonville, Ga. — Dawson County Emergency Services (DCES) Batallion Chief Jason Dooley is one of only 14 chiefs to receive Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs (GAFC) certification during the recent Spring Executive Training Session in Savannah.

The program is divided into three categories of certifications: Georgia Volunteer Fire Chief Certification, Georgia Chief Fire Officer Certification and the Georgia Fire Chief Certification. Dooley was awarded the Georgia Fire Chief Certification. The 14 chiefs who received new certification join 79 others who already hold certification.

“We have developed this program to ensure that fire departments in the state of Georgia have qualified, credentialed and professional leaders and managers overseeing their departments and personnel,” said GAFC President Dwayne Jamison.

Certification applicants self-apply and must meet several pre-requisites to qualify, including serving as a battalion chief or division supervisor. A points system reflective of their years of service, higher education achievements, level of fire officer designations, recognition of additional credentials and the completion of the Chief Fire Officer classes are all used to assess the applicants.

Dooley has been employed with DCES since 2007 and currently is assigned to C Shift.



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