Knox Rapid Access Systems, often referred to as a "Knox Box" provide Farmington Fire Rescue with immediate access in an emergency to commercial, industrial, and multi-unit residential properties, without the need for forced entry, limiting damage to property and increasing the safety of first responders and building occupants when time matters most.
This system allows access to secure key vaults by the Fire Department utilizing a unique master key specific to our department. Inside these vaults, property owners/managers can leave keys to exterior and interior doors for use by the fire department during an emergency. Watch the video below to learn more!
Knox Rapid Access devices approved for use in the Town of Farmington can be configured and purchased via the Knox website.
Q: Are "Knox Boxes" required in the Town of Farmington?
A: While the town has not adopted any ordinances requiring the installation of Knox Rapid Access Systems, it is highly recommended that all building owners and managers strongly consider installing a Knox Box. This system can be used on any type of property, including residences, and greatly improves access by First Responders in the event of an ek emergency.
Q: What kinds of savings can I see by installing a Knox Rapid Access System on my property?
A: While you aren't going to see any tazx braks, your homeowners/property insurance may offer discounts for having a Knox system in place. We reccommend checking directly with your insurance agent. The true savings are in time and repairs during /after an emergency. A Knox Rapid Access System saves precious time in an emergency, allowing first responders to quickly gain access, which could mean the difference between life and death in a medical emergency. This system also prevents the need for the fire department to force entry into the property, breaking doors, windows, or other building components, which are often costly to replace.
Q: Do I need to use a Knox brand system, or can I use one from another manufacturer?
A: The hallmark of this system is the single master key allowing the fire department access to every Knox Rapid Access System in town during an emergency. Using a box designed for another municipality, or from a other manufacturer means the unique standard key used by Farmington Fire Rescue would not open these boxes. The Knox Rapid Access System is the only system endorsed by the Fire Department, and we can not guarantee that using any other system on your property can or will be utilized by the Fire Department during an emergency.
Q: I still have a Kidde SupraSafe installed on my property. Do I need to replace this with a "Knox Box", or does the Fire Department still have a master key for this type of Rapid Access System?
A: While not required, it is highly recommended that you consider switching over to a "Knox Box". However, Farmington Fire Rescue still carries a master key for the Supra Safe boxes in town and will have access in the event of an emergency.
Q: Where do I purchase a Knox Rapid Access System with compatible lock for my property?
A: Go to https://www.knoxbox.com/store/selectProduct.cfm?fdID=1312. You can order using the eApproval option online, which notifies the fire department of your order. Once approved, you will be emailed a link to go back to your approved cart where you can enter payment and shipping information. You may also request an Authorization Order Form by calling the station at 755-2131 during normal business hours. This form will have to be signed by the Fire Chief then faxed or mailed to Knox with payment.
Q: Where should the Knox Rapid Access System be installed on my property?
A: "Knox Boxes" should be installed near the main entrance according to manufacturer recommended specifications. Hoewever, we would be happy to assist you in determining best placement at your property.
Q: Will I have a master key to access the "Knox Box" once it is installed?
A: Because this system is built around a master key, you will not be provided with your own key to access the box. To add, remove, or change keys placed in your "Knox Box", please call the station at 755-2131 and we will be happy to help you.