Marion Fire Department begins Lock Box program

May 08, 2017

Marion — Marion Fire Chief Brian Jackvony announced through a press release on Monday that the Marion Fire Department is implementing a residential Lock Box Program. The program will make it easier for emergency services to access the homes of seniors and handicapped adults during emergencies.

"In many emergency situations, individuals who call 911 may not be able to open their door when firefighters arrive, especially if a person falls, has a stroke or is experiencing a heart attack," Jackvony said. Currently, firefighters must break through a door or a window.

Through the Lock Box Program, participants will install a small box outside their home, with a key code that only the resident and the Fire Department have access to, in case of an emergency event. The likelihood of property damage caused by the firefighters forcing entry into a residence is greatly reduced. There is no cost to participate in the Lock Box Program, other than the cost of a spare key to the door that will be accessed.

“In these instances, every second counts,” Chief Jackvony said. “Lock boxes are an extremely valuable tool for homeowners and the Fire Department to ensure those who are in an emergency situation, medical or otherwise, receives assistance as quickly as possible.”

The lock box will only be used during an emergency call when first responders can’t make entry without using force. At no time will the lock box be used or will entry be made without authorization.

Eligible participants should contact the Marion Council on Aging, 508-748-3570 to obtain information for installation of the lock box.

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