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SAFER Grant Application Period Open

Thursday March 29th, 2018

The Fiscal Year 2017 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant application period is now open.

The SAFER grant provides funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of trained, "front line" firefighters available in their communities

 For assistance, applicants can contact the SAFER Grants Help Desk at or 1-866-274-0960. Application assistance tools are available online at Grant applications are due April 27, 2018. 

Governor Wolf Announces New Statewide Broadband Initiative

Monday March 19th, 2018

Governor’s New Broadband Initiatives

Will Create Strong Communities

Ready for the Future


In response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s introduction of the Pennsylvania Broadband Investment Incentive Program and the Pennsylvania Office of Broadband Initiatives, David M. Sanko, executive director of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors, has released the following statement. PSATS represents the 1,454 townships of the second class across Pennsylvania. Townships, in turn, represent 5.5 million Pennsylvanians, more than any other type of political subdivision in the commonwealth and they cover 95 percent of the commonwealth’s land mass.




“PSATS applauds Gov. Wolf's appointment of Mark Smith to lead the newly announced broadband initiatives. The commonwealth, its local governments, telecommunications providers, and ALL citizens have a stake in reliable, high-speed Internet access. This critical infrastructure superhighway of the future will give Pennsylvania a strong foundation to deliver 22nd-Century economic development, education, and healthcare. The governor's initiatives, deployed in the commonwealth’s safe and affordable townships, will enhance the quality of life and ensure that residents, new and long-standing, have great places to live, work, and raise families.”