Knox Rapid Entry System

Knox Fire Departments


With one master key, you can gain access to commercial and residential property. More than 11,500 departments in North America use Knox® products. The Knox System includes UL listed lock boxes, storage cabinets, heavy-duty padlocks and electronic override key switches. Complimentary products include the Sentralok® and KeySecure® Master Key Retention Systems. The system has grown to include locking FDC plugs and caps providing protection to the intake and discharge sides of water-based fire protection systems. With the new Knox MedVault Drug Locker, narcotic access can be controlled and audited.

Many of these departments use the KeySecure®, master key security system, to control the Knox Master Key. These Master Key Retention units provide accountability with an audit trail giving the date, time and user ID for each key release. Knox also offers an optional Remote Administration program for these units.

Property owners in your community store entrance keys, access cards and floor plans in high-security Knox-Box® key boxes mounted near their building entrances. Each Knox-Box purchased by the property owner is keyed to a single master key controlled by your department. With the Knox System, there is no cost to the fire department, no waiting for a property owner to unlock the door in the middle of the night, and no forcing the door open to gain entry. The Knox Rapid Entry System reduces response time, property damage and the liability for lost keys.

Getting Started

  • Register for the system with the Knox Company
  • Appoint a Knox Program Coordinator in your department
  • Receive complimentary materials from the Knox Company
  • Educate local citizens on system value and benefits
  • Incorporate requirement into building permit/inspection program
  • Request a sample ordinance kit from the Knox Company

City Ordinance

Many fire departments using the Knox System have been successful in passing a city ordinance to help implement a public safety program for rapid entry. Knox offers guidelines and sample ordinances to help other interested departments gain ordinance approval. Guidelines include:

  • Using Knox as a Resource
  • Would a Key Box Ordinance be Helpful?
  • How to Structure an Ordinance
  • Winning Ordinance Approval

You can request an ordinance support packet here.