Residential KnoxBox Program
Why? Give firefighters emergency access to your home,
If there is a fire or other emergency at your home, a locked door can slow down firefighters or paramedics. They may need to break the door to get in. County Fire can give qualified residents a lock box with a key that firefighters can use to enter your home.
The box is called a KnoxBox. It is free. County Fire will install the box.
• You must live in San Diego County Fire service area or Deer Springs Fire Protection District. (use the map below to see if you are in the service area)
• One of these must be true:
o You are 62 or older.
o You have a disability.
o You need help with one or more Major Life Activity (MLA). This includes caring for yourself, eating, using your hands. See qualifying disabilities and definition of Major Life Activity
How to Apply:
Email the form: FireCRR@sdcounty.ca.gov
Mail the form:
San Diego County Fire Protection
District/Community Risk Reduction
5560 Overland Ave, Suite 400
San Diego, CA 92123
Call us: (858) 974-5744
Once we approve your application, we will contact you to schedule a time to install the KnoxBox.
What should I do to prepare for a KnoxBox Installation once I am approved?
Get these ready:
- A spare house key to go into the box.
- A signed agreement. There are two kinds. It will depend on how we install the KnoxBox. We will let you know which agreement to sign. If you rent the home, the landlord must also sign.
What do I do if I no longer want to utilize a KnoxBox?
If you have a KnoxBox but don’t want it, contact us at FireCRR@sdcounty.ca.gov or call (858) 974-5744. We will remove the KnoxBox and return your home key.
What is a Major Life Activity?
Major Life Activities are activities like caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, or lifting. For more, see the Americans with Disabilities Act Title 42, Chapter 126, Section 12102 (2) (A).
What is a qualifying disability?
Disability is defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act Title 42, Chapter 126, Section 12102 (1).
Can I get assistance filling out an application?
Yes! Please contact by email or phone. We will gladly assist you. Please have all of the information needed to complete the Application Form ready when you contact us.