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Key-holding boxes save time when fire strikes

4:46 PM, Dec. 27, 2012  |  Comments

The Southern Door Fire Department (SDFD) is implementing a Knox Box program for year-round and seasonal residents as well as businesses.

A Knox Box is a special key-holding device that can be purchased to hold the keys to a residential, commercial or industrial building on an outside wall.

Firefighters have a special lock on board the fire truck, which is opened to release a special key that allows firefighters to access the keys stored inside the Knox Box.

This can be extremely helpful for buildings that have an alarm system, as a key holder would not need to respond to the scene, which often delays firefighters in false alarm situations. There are specific requirements as to how and where to place a Knox Box on the exterior of a building.

The Southern Door Fire Department district covers the towns of Clay Banks, Forestville and Nasewaupee, along with the village of Forestville. More information about the Knox Box system can be obtained by contacting Fire Chief Chuck Cihlar at (920) 493-1235 or by checking the Knox Box website at www.knoxbox.com.

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