In the East Lake Fire District, Knox key boxes/key switches are not required for most buildings. However, building owners or managers may wish to provide a Knox key box and keys for fire district access to the interior of a building especially where locked doors make access to the building difficult.
Knox Rapid Entry Key Switches
Gates are not permitted to obstruct fire department access. In situations where property owners elect to install electronic gates across a fire department access roadway a key switch must be installed. Additionally, gates installations across all public roadways and across private roadways/driveways, deemed to be a fire department access road, that serve single family homes, multiple homes, or complexes are also required to submit plans including specifications, dimensions, location, address, and property owner contact information for review and approval prior to installation. Please contact Deputy Chief Jason Gennaro for further information at (redacted).
You may now order your Key Box or Key Switch on-line, directly from the Knox Company. Simply visit the Knox website and select the product you wish to order, enter “Pinellas Co” for the local fire department agency and confirm that Pinellas Co EMS & Fire Admin is the jurisdiction you wish your box/switch to be keyed to and lastly submit payment. Fire District approval and signature are no longer required.