Hats off to the Sandy Springs Fire Department as American City & County has deemed them one of the nation’s 2010 “America’s Crown Communities.” The magazine’s annual rankings recognize the best local governments are based on nominations submitted by readers and city and county officials. Sandy Springs Fire Rescue was recognized for being a Heart Safe City.
One thing that significantly contributed to this award is the fact that all personnel in the Fire Department are trained in CPR and AED. Having this requirement has increased the out-of-hospital survival rate for cardiac arrests. In fact, Sandy Springs is well above the national average in this respect.
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.
“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.”
As for the Crown Communities awards, 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.
There is no doubt that Sandy Springs is highly deserving of this honor. Congratulations!
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