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Knox Box System

Help the Ishpeming Volunteer Fire Department respond to emergencies quickly and safely by installing the KNOX-BOX Rapid Entry System.  It pays for itself the first time used.

What is a Knox-Box System?

It’s a high-security key box system, designed to give fire personnel immediate access to locked building, elevators, gates and other secured areas. Once purchased there are no additional monthly fees. The fire department doesn’t receive any payment from your purchase, only the piece of mind that if an emergency arises at your location we will have fast, safe entry without causing unnecessary damage to your building or gate.

Why install a Knox-Box?

Installation of a Knox Box on your property will not only allow fire department personnel faster access in case of an emergency, but prevent expensive forcible entry should emergency service be required while the premises are unoccupied. Costly front door, entry ways and gates needn’t be harmed if entry keys are available on-site!

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 or gate area.  All necessary access keys will be locked inside by a representative of the Ishpeming Volunteer Fire Department; only the fire department’s master key can open the box. 

How secure is a Knox-Box System?

Security has always been a Knox strong point. Designed for maximum protection, each virtually indestructible box, switch or lock 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 system offers maximum security at every step. Each city has an exclusive key code. All Knox-Box stations in that city are keyed alike-and only the Ishpeming Volunteer Fire Department has master keys.

Who can authorize a Knox-Box System?

Knox maintains strict security control by allowing only Ishpeming Volunteer Fire Department to authorize the purchase of each Knox Box in their city. To purchase the Knox-Box or other questions can be directed to Fire Chief, Ed Anderson at firedept@ishpemingcity.org or by contacting the Ishpeming Volunteer Fire Department at 906-486-4426. 

How is a Knox-Box installed?

Each system from Knox is shipped with complete mounting instructions; however, the Ishpeming Volunteer Fire Department can assist you in choosing the proper location for mounting.  After installation is completed, the Ishpeming Volunteer Fire Department will conduct an inspection of the installation and lock building keys inside if on a building or insert the master key in the lock or switch to make sure it works properly.  As soon as building keys are locked inside the box, or the pad lock is installed, or a key switch override is installed, it is ready to provide immediate access to emergency personnel-24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Some of the Knox products available.

Knox-Box – The leading high security, heavy-duty key box is used for most commercial applications including businesses, schools, government and public building and community associations.

Knox-Vault – Are used for high security storage in larger businesses, industrial properties, public buildings and universities.

Knox Key Switch – used for gated communities, apartment complexes, parking garages, pedestrian gates, gated industrial area, residential  gates.

Knox Padlock – heavy-duty, steel bodied, interior or light exterior use padlocks secure any type of perimeter or fire access gate, industrial equipment yards, residential gate secured by chain.  

Knox Residential – is used for fire department entry into, single family residences and apartment complexes.



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