911/ Emergency Management
Dennis Thayer, 911 Director
Emergency Management Director
875 Lafayette Street
Ringgold, GA 30736
*Please dial 911 for emergencies!*
A native of San Diego, California, Dennis Thayer began his public safety career in high school as an Explorer with the San Diego City Fire Department. He moved to Marietta, Georgia in 1986 and joined Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services in 1991 where he moved through the ranks and most recently served as the Executive Officer to the Director of Public Safety until his retirement in February of 2018. In addition to a long fire service career he has served as Mayor of the City of Euharlee taking office in January of 2014. Prior to being elected mayor he also served on the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission. He is a founding member and Chairman of the Georgia Fallen Firefighters Foundation where through this position he played a key role in the development and passage of a legislation in 2017 requiring fire departments to provide lifesaving cancer insurance for all of Georgia’s firefighters.
Director Thayer is a member of several professional organizations including: The Association of Public-Safety Officials, Emergency Managers Association of Georgia, Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs, the Georgia State Firefighters Association and the International Fire Chiefs Association. Additionally, he has served on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation, The International Federation of Burn Camps, as well as two local homeowners associations. He has served as District Representative for the Georgia State Firefighters Association as well as serving on committees for the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Georgia Firefighters Standards and Training Council and has severed as a consultant for the Georgia Fire Chiefs Association, the International Fire Chiefs Association and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
Director Thayer also serves as member of Georgia’s Type III All Hazards Incident Management Team, during his tenure on the team he has responded to many state and national emergencies including: Hurricane’s Katrina, Rita and Irma, Tornado’s in Ringgold and Albany, The Georgia Tech Parking Deck Collapse as well as the South Georgia Wildfires of 2007.
Director Thayer currently holds many certifications and licenses to include: Georgia Paramedic, National Blue Card AHIMT III Logistics Section Chief and Operations Section Chief, NPQ Firefighter I, Inspector I, Instructor I, and Incident Safety Officer. Director Thayer’s Recognitions include The Governor’s Public Safety Award for “Contributions to the Profession”, The President’s Award from the Georgia Fire Chiefs Association, the 2000 Cobb County Public Safety Officer of the year, 11 Life Saving Awards and special recognitions from the Office of Georgia Insurance Commissioner, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Fraternal Order of Police, Kennesaw F&AM and the U.S. Army.