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KNOX BOX Program
"Fire Department Emergency Access to Your Property"
The Darien Fire Department encourages the use of a KNOX-BOX for our local homeowners and businesses. This system provides the quickest and most secure method of access to your property or building during an emergency.
How It Works
It's 2:00 a.m. The fire alarm in your building is ringing and the Fire Department responds. Rather than forcing entry through the door, firefighters open the KNOX-BOX, remove entrance keys, and immediately enter your facility to search for the cause of the alarm.
Eliminating forced entry means no property damage and no replacement costs for broken windows and forced doorframes or locks. It also means no flying glass to injure firefighters.
You arrive on site knowing that you or your representative did not have to get there before firefighters could enter your building. The Fire Department has already determined that a small fire was contained by the sprinkler system. The reduced emergency response time meant immediate shut off of the sprinkler water supply resulting in minimal smoke, fire and water damage to your property.
10 Reasons Why To Install A KNOX BOX
Questions and Answers
1.) What is a KNOX BOX system?
It's a high-security box system, designed to give firefighters and emergency services immediate access to locked buildings, elevators, and other secured areas.
2.) Why install a KNOX BOX?
Installation of a KNOX BOX on your property will not only allow firefighters faster access in case of an emergency, but will also prevent expensive forcible entry should emergency services be required while the premises are unoccupied. Costly front doors and entry ways needn't be harmed if entry keys are available on-site!
3.) How does the KNOX BOX system work?
Following your purchase of a KNOX BOX from the factory, you will mount it securely on the exterior of your building; attractive recessed-mount models are available. All necessary access keys will be locked inside by a representative of the fire department; only the fire department's master key can open the box.
The KNOX BOX gives the fire department a simple alternative to expensive, time-consuming forcible entry. The generous interior capacity allows you to store everything emergency personnel may require--keys, floor plans, electronic entry cards, and more--in complete security until needed.
4.) How secure is a KNOX BOX system?
Security has always been a KNOX strong point. Designed for maximum protection, each virtually indestructible box features a special high-security Medeco lock and key. This Medeco restricted locking system guards against unauthorized key duplication. Keys aren't even available to locksmiths or lock distributors--only The KNOX Company can supply these keys!
The Knox Box system offers maximum security at every step. The department has an exclusive key code. All Knox Box stations in that city are keyed alike--and only the fire department has master keys.
5.) Who can authorize a KNOX BOX system?
Strict security control is maintained by allowing only fire departments to authorize the purchase of each Knox Box. This is achieved by using a special authorization form which you can obtain only from the Darien Fire Department; the form must be signed by a fire department official whose signature is on file at the factory. After verifying the signature, the Knox box is shipped directly to you. Each Knox Box is shipped without keys, locked in an open position and ready for mounting.
6.) How is a KNOX BOX installed?
Each KNOX BOX is shipped with complete mounting instructions; however, the fire department will assist you in choosing a proper location for mounting. After installation is completed, the fire department will conduct an inspection of the installation and lock building keys inside the box. As soon as building keys are locked inside the box, it is ready to provide immediate access to emergency personnel-- 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
How To Get a KNOX BOX
If you would like to participate in the KNOX-BOX program and are within the coverage area of the Darien Fire Department or if you would just like some more information, contact our KNOX-BOX coordinator:
Fire Chief Justin Schuenke