Incorporated in 1704, Abington Township in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania is one of the county's oldest communities and its second most populated municipality in PA's third largest county. Within its 15 square mile area, are over 20 public parks, three bird and wildlife sanctuaries, and a large county park. Abington has the only volunteer fire department to receive the prestigious Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) in Pennsylvania and has achieved a superior Class 3 ISO Fire Protection Rating. Abington is home to some of the county’s oldest transportation routes, industries and spiritual houses of worship. Building upon its historical and culturally diverse roots and proud traditions, the Township contains the Abington Art Center, the Penn State-Abington Launchbox-Abington Art Center Fabington Innovation/Maker Space, two hospitals, Penn State University-Abington, many small businesses, a few of the county's largest employers, a major shopping center, and a school district that "promotes excellence as our standard and achievement as the result." Willow Grove, Crestmont, Ardsley, Roslyn, Glenside, Rydal, North Hills, Meadowbrook and parts of Elkins Park and Jenkintown are among the communities of this first class township.