Coon Rapids Fire Department has lock boxes available for seniors and other at-risk residents that allow first responders to gain quick access to a residence in an emergency. The boxes can only be opened by the fire department and can reduce the time it takes to reach seniors in their home. 1) Order a lock box through the Fire Department: call or contact Shelley Chapin, 763-767-6409. 2) Install the box anywhere you choose near the door, or request the fire department install it for you. 3) Notify the fire department once the lock box is installed and provide a working key to your home.
4) An inspector will come out and place that spare key in the lock box.
*Note: residents are responsible for providing an updated spare key to the fire department if the locks are changed.
Save your emergency responders valuable time. Dispatch can simply notify the responders that a lock box is in use.
Provide an alternative to forced entry. If a lock box is used, responders may not have to damage the senior’s home.
Get peace of mind. Lock boxes are only accessible by authorized personnel in the event of an emergency, because only the fire department has a key that can open the lock boxes. Friends, family, and neighbors cannot use this system to access a home.