FIRE RESCUE

Fire Department Key Box Installation (Knox Box)

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 local responding department.

In addition to key boxes and vaults, Knox padlocks and key switches operate with the same master key. There are so many gated communities 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.

Steps for Getting a Knox-Box for My Building

If you have any questions, please contact Tamarac Fire Rescue before ordering.

  1. Make sure your building is located in our coverage area.
  2. Determine the number of items needed stored in the key box for the building. Generally:
    • One master key (or set of keys) per floor (or per 10,000 sq feet.)
    • One set of keys per elevator.
    • Alarm panel, pull station, sprinkler and other fire protection controls.
    • Electronic access cards, padlocks and/or special keys not on the master system.
    • Computer thumb drive with building plans, your emergency procedures, hazardous materials on site and emergency contacts in .PDF format placed in a plastic bag.
  3. Visit www.knoxbox.com or call 1-800-552-5669
    Place an order for the correct product and accessories.
    • If less than 10 keys see Knox-Box 3200 Series (most common)
    • If 11-24 keys, see Knox Box 4100 Series
    • If 25-50 keys see Knox Box 4500 Series
    • SARA III facility, see Knox Cabinet
    • If more than 50 keys or other situations, contact  Tamarac Fire Rescue first.
  4. If on www.knoxbox.com, navigate to top-right of page and click on the red “Buy” button.
  5. In the pop-up, select your location (Florida) and then type in “Tamarac Fire Dept” in the pop-up and click “Search”. 
  6. Choose whether this is will be a Commercial or Residential install and hit “Select”
  7. You have a choice between ordering direct from an Authorized Local Trusted Partner or direct through KnoxBox.com.
    See: Why Choose an Authorized local Knox Trusted Partner
  8. Select the appropriate KnoxBox device for your commercial or Residential needs.
  9. Determine a location to mount the key box.
    • An outside wall that is strong and has reasonable access 24/7 in any weather condition.
    • No higher than 6 feet off the ground.
    • Near an obvious outside fire department entry location such as the front door, control point or sprinkler door. Discuss with the fire department any non-obvious location before installation.
  10. Pick your color
  11. Pick door type
  12. Pick mounting type
    • Surface mounted (easy to install on most surfaces)
    • Recessed (door is flush with wall). Requires a mounting kit.
  13.   Pick Tamper switch. Optional but gives an additional layer of security.
  14.   Place order with the Knox Company with shipping to your location, or pick-up locally from Trusted Knox Authorized Partner.
  15.  Mount box according to the instructions from the Knox Company. The finished box will remain open after installation. Use of a professional installer is highly recommended.
  16. Gather all items for the box. Determine the primary emergency point of contact (i.e. who gets a phone call in the middle of the night during a holiday). Keys should be clearly marked by use. Key rings and tags may be needed to sort keys by function.
  17.  Contact Tamarac Fire Rescue to secure the box
    • The FD officer will place the red Knox Alert Decal to the front door to alert responders there is a Knox-Box on-site.
    • If your keys or emergency contact person is changed for any reason, contact Tamarac Fire Rescue as soon as possible.

Tamarac fire rescue

Tommy Demopoulos
Division Chief/Fire Marshal
Rebecca Geimer
Rebecca Geimer
Assistant Fire Marshal
Van Schoen
Community Education Preparedness Specialist
Inspector Cintia Chelles
Cintia Chelles
Fire Inspector/Plans Examiner
Sheila Doblas
Fire Inspector
Jean-Yves Virgile
Fire Inspector