A Knox Box, known officially as the Knox-Box Rapid Entry System is a small, wall-mounted safe that holds building keys for firefighters and EMTs to retrieve in emergencies.
Local fire companies can hold master keys to all such boxes in their response area, so that they can quickly enter a building without having to force entry or find individual keys held in deposit at the station. Knox-Box Rapid Entry Systems also utilize a key pad switch, controlled by the fire departments master Knox-Box key, to gain entry to electric gates.
A Knox KeySecure, attached inside the cab of a fire engine, holds a high-security key to open Knox Boxes in the Russian River Fire Protection District.
Knox Boxes simplify key control for local fire departments. They also cut fire losses for home and business owners since firefighters can enter buildings without breaking doors, windows or gates.
For more info, visit the Knox Box website: www.knoxbox.com/