Sandy Springs Fire Rescue has been named one of the nation’s 2010 “America’s Crown Communities.”

The award stems from the department’s pledge to train people in CPR and other life-saving measures, city officials said in a press release.

“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,” said John McDonough, city manager.

Several communities across the nation were honored. A profile of each community’s winning project is featured in the December issue of the magazine and is online at