Knox-Box® Rapid Entry Program

In order to access buildings quickly, minimize forced entry damage, and protect  EMS/Firefighters from injury, we have adopted the Knox-Box Rapid Entry System.  Currently, more than seven thousand fire departments and the communities they protect enjoy the benefits of this proven system.

Do you have buildings or property in Wilmington secured by locked doors or a gate?  You can prevent unnecassary damage to your building or gate in the event of an emergency by participating in this program.  The Knox-Box system can give the Fire Department emergency access while giving you peace of mind that your property is secure.  The City of Wilmington Fire/EMS Department has invested in this system.   All new businesses are required to install a Knox-Box and it is recommended for residential homes to install one, especially senior citizens.

How the System Works

Knox-Boxes are constructed of ¼" solid steel with a ½" steel door, a reinforced locking mechanism and they are UL listed.  The high security key is strictly controlled and is manufactured only by the Medeco factory under direction from an authorized fire official's signature.

A property owner who wishes to join the system should contact the Fire Inspector for information on how to acquire a Knox-Box as the property owner purchases them directly from the Knox Company.  Once installed near the entrance to your property, the department locks your building entrance key inside the Knox-Box so that it is available onsite for future emergencies.  If you have any further questions feel free to call your Fire Inspector at (937) 382-6208.

When the Box Arrives

When the new Knox-Box arrives, the property owner installs it on their building after consulting with the Fire Inspector.  The property owner then prepares a master set of keys to the building(s) to be placed in the box.  When the owner is ready, the Fire Inspector and property owner secure the building keys inside the lockbox.  The fire department can then access the Knox-Box and the master keys to the building in the event of an emergency.