The Marshalltown Fire Department, in conjunction with Marshalltown Rotary Club, Marshalltown Lions Club, The Ann Keyser Trust, and Alliant Energy, is pleased to announce a new program. The Residential Knox Box Program is designed to give the fire department access into residential properties in the event of an emergency for citizens who meet certain criteria. The program is an offshoot of the commercial Knox Box program that is already being used in Marshalltown. Criteria for participation in the program includes:
- City residents 75 years of age or older who live alone
- City residents with significant medical issues
- City residents who use a medical monitoring device/alerting system
- City resident must live in a single family home, duplex, or townhome.
- If the property is a rental, permission must be provided for installation.
- When the box is no longer needed, it is returned to the fire department and reassigned.
In certain situations, immediate access can be lifesaving. Having a residential Knox Box allows the fire department quick entry into the home to provide medical assistance, reduces forced entry damage to property, makes re-securing the residence faster and easier, and uses the same key used for commercial properties. The box is secured with two screws to the top of the front entry door.
Unfortunately, there are a limited number of boxes available and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. The Knox Box will be provided and installed to qualifying residents by the Fire Department at no cost to those who qualify. Should a resident desire a residential Knox Box and not qualify for a free unit, the fire department can provide information on how to purchase one, which is currently $211 plus shipping.
The application process will open on Thursday, December 1, 2022. Applications can be picked up at the fire station located at 909 S. 2nd Avenue.