Knox Rapid Entry System  

The Victoria Fire Department has adopted the use of the Knox Rapid Entry System as the standard to be used for emergency entry to commercial properties.  The system is a high security key system designed to give fire fighters immediate access to locked buildings or secured areas after hours when the building is unoccupied.  Fire department rapid entry during an emergency helps protect both lives and property.

Where do I get Knox products 

 Knox products are only available directly from the Knox company.  Orders may be placed online by visiting or by calling toll free 800-552-5669.

Knox Security Rapid Access Products 

KNOX Rapid Access Systems offer a variety of products to safeguard your property and at the same time provide emergency responders access in the event of an emergency.  Listed below are a few of the most commonly used KNOX products.  For help selecting the right product feel free to contact the Victoria Fire Marshal’s Office.

  • The 3200 Series Knox Box is the smallest model approved for commercial use and will accommodate up to 10 keys, access cards and contact information. 
  • The 4400 Series Knox box is a larger model approved for large commercial properties use and will accommodate up to 50 keys, access cards and contact information.
  •  The Knox 3500 Series key switches allow rapid access through electric operated gates without forcing or damaging property.
  • The Knox 3700 Series Pad Locks are designed to secure non electric operated gates, fire sprinkler control systems, equipment lockers, and restricted access areas.  

 Installation Requirements 

The International Fire Code 2021 Edition Sections 506: Where access to or within a structure or an area is restricted because of secured openings or where immediate access is necessary for life-saving or fire fighting purposes, the fire code official is authorized to require a key box to be installed in an approved location.

The key box shall be of an approved type listed in accordance with UL 1037, and shall contain keys to gain necessary access as required by the fire code official.

An approved lock shall be installed on gates or similar barriers when required by the fire code official. Apartment complexes, assemblies, and other commercial buildings enclosed by fencing and having automatic opening gates shall utilize Knox-Key Switches, where required by the fire official.

The key box shall be mounted approximately 5-6 feet above the finished floor and maximum of 5-6 feet from entrance unless other wise approved by the fire official. Key boxes shall be installed at the primary fire department entrance and be plainly visible and accessible.

 Updating or Key replacement

 When new locks are added to a building/facility or existing locks are re-keyed, the tenant and/or building owner shall provide new or replacement keys in compliance with local fire code. For assistance replacing keys and information in your Knox box please contact the Victoria Fire Marshal’s Office.