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March 12, 2019 | Fire District Access & Rapid Entry

When an emergency strikes, help is only a call away. However, people who live by themselves or have special mobility issues, what happens when they can’t get to the door to let help in?
There’s no need to hide a key or rely on a neighbor to be home when an emergency strikes. A hidden key can be found by a burglar. And, your neighbor isn’t home every hour of the day.
The Knox-Box® Rapid Entry System is a secure emergency access program developed for property owners and first responders. First Responders across North America use the Knox-Box Rapid Entry System to prevent costly entry damage while protecting property and lives. When a fire breaks out or there is a medical emergency, Knox® products allow immediate entry into buildings and property without forced entry damage or delay. Property owners store entrance keys, access cards and floor plans in high-security Knox-Box key boxes mounted near building entrances. Each Knox-Box purchased by a property owner is keyed to a single master key controlled by the Fire District.
In addition to key boxes and vaults, Knox padlocks and key switches operate with the same master key. There are so many gated homes today that fire and police departments are delayed when responding to emergency calls. Increased property damage and even total loss is a threat when property is not accessible.
The Knox Rapid Entry System was developed to save property and lives.
Commonly Used Systems

  1. For residential use Residential Knoxboxes or Knox Homebox
  2. For chained entry gates such as chain link, the Knox® Padlock works well and is less expensive. The Knox® Padlock is then placed in series like a link between your personal pad lock and a link of chain.
  3. For electric gates the Knox® Key Switches lock core with Fire Dept plate is generally mounted beside the key pad.
  4. For commercial buildings seeking high security, the Knox® Company has several options, most common in our community is the Knox® Box Model 3200.

 If you have any questions please or want more information contact Waterloo Morada Fire District during normal business hours at (209) 931-3107