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Judy Parker, APR
770.206.1477, office

Tisa Moore
770.206.1473, office

For Immediate Release

Sandy Springs Fire Rescue Earns National Honor--Crown Community

Release Date: 12/16/2010

December 16, 2010—Sandy Springs Fire Rescue has been named one of the nation’s 2010 “America’s Crown Communities.” Hailed by “American City & County” magazine as ranking at the top in local government, Sandy Springs Fire Rescue was recognized for being a Heart Safe City. This year’s other winners are: Coral Gables, Fla.; Downers Grove, Ill.; Hollywood, Fla.; Pinellas County, Fla.; and Round Lake Beach, Ill. A profile of each community’s winning project is featured in the December issue of the magazine and is online at

“This national honor is a great achievement for our Fire Department,” said City Manager John McDonough. “When we first started the Department, we pledged to train people in CPR and AED use in order to increase the out-of-hospital survival rate of cardiac arrest and that has paid off. We are well above the national average.”

“Innovation and creativity are at the heart of this year’s Crown Communities winners,” said Bill Wolpin, editorial director and associate publisher of American City & County. “A severe recession did not stop these communities from making improvements that will have long-term benefits.”

Sandy Springs Fire Rescue also employs state of the art technology such as the LUCAS2 chest compression system and cold therapy for cardiac arrest victims prior to arriving at the hospital.

“Our Mayor and City Council have been the major emphasis behind keeping Sandy Springs safe,” said Fire Chief Jack McElfish. “Their desire, coupled with our technical knowledge is a winning combination.”

Recipients of the annual awards are selected by the editors of “American City & County” based on nominations submitted by the magazine's audience, city and county leaders and associations. Any local government initiative substantially completed within the last year can qualify for the awards, including those that repair infrastructure, introduce new technology, improve quality of life for residents or beautify public places. Entries are judged on uniqueness, short- and long-term value to the community and effective/innovative financing.

For more information on the City of Sandy Springs or Sandy Springs Fire Rescue, visit or call 770-730-5600.