A key box is available to residents of the Quilcene Fire Rescue district.

A key box is available to residents of the Quilcene Fire Rescue district.

Quilcene key box program aims to expedite getting help from first responders

QUILCENE — Quilcene Fire Rescue has established a residential loaner key box program to expedite emergency responders reaching a patient and to minimize or eliminate damage to property by forcible entry.

“It’s unfortunate, but sometimes we get called by an elderly or injured resident who can’t unlock the door so our crews can begin treating them. We are then forced to either wait an extended length of time for a family member to arrive or we must force entry and potentially damage a door or window,” said Quilcene Fire Chief Larry Karp.

“These unfortunate situations can be avoided if the resident or their family put up a key box to allow the fire district access to assist when needed.”

The program is offered to residents of Jefferson County Fire District 2, which covers Quilcene, Dabob and Coyle.

The key box is a secure steel box in which a resident can place the key to his home for rapid access by fire department crews.

It is placed over the top of the front door; no other installation is needed.

Only on-duty Quilcene Fire Rescue personnel have the master key used to access the key box.

The residential loaner key box is available as a one-year loan subject to renewal, if necessary.

A security deposit of $50 will be returned to the resident when the box is returned to the fire district.

”Essentially, the program is free to residents with the small refundable deposit,” according to a news release form the fire district.

The residential loaner key box remains the property of Quilcene Fire Rescue and is to be returned to the fire district when the condition of the individual no longer warrants the use of the box.

The department has a limited supply of residential lock boxes available.

For info, call 360-765-3333 or stop in the administrative office at 61 Herbert St.

More in News

Able seamen Doug Reader, front, and Brandon Melville drive forklifts as they offload equipment from the ferry MV Coho after its return to Port Angeles from annual dry dock maintenance in Anacortes on Wednesday. The ferry is scheduled to resume regular service between Port Angeles and Victoria today. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Preparing for service

Able seamen Doug Reader, front, and Brandon Melville drive forklifts as they… Continue reading

Dr. Suzanne Ames.
Peninsula College adapting to next generation of students

Aim is to engage, meet workforce needs

Officials: Combine Simdars, Johnson Creek road projects

Clallam County, Sequim, tribe urge coordination

The Swiftsure, a whale-watching tour boat operated by Port Townsend-based Puget Sound Express, is the first vessel to take advantage of the early reopening of the Point Hudson Marina on Wednesday after four months of closure to rebuild its north jetty. The marina will close again after the Wooden Boat Festival ends Sept. 10, when rebuilding the south jetty will start with a scheduled re-opening in March 2024. (Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula Daily News)
Point Hudson marina reopens

The Swiftsure, a whale-watching tour boat operated by Port Townsend-based Puget Sound… Continue reading

Amy Miller has been appointed to a seat on the Port Angeles City Council to fill a seat vacated by Mike French, who resigned to become a Clallam County commissioner. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Amy Miller tapped for Port Angeles City Council

Appointee fills seat vacated by Mike French

The MV Coho, pictured in dry dock at the Anacortes Ship Yards, will be back in service Thursday. Yearly maintenance began Jan. 3. The maintenance is taking a few days longer due to COVID-19 the past two years, Black Ball Ferry Line officials have said. The ship returns to twice-daily round trips across the Strait of Juan de Fuca between Victoria and Port Angeles at 8:20 a.m. Thursday. (Dave Logan/for Peninsula Daily News)
Coho maintenance

The MV Coho, pictured in dry dock at the Anacortes Ship Yards,… Continue reading

East Jefferson Fire Rescue town halls focus on lid lift

Ballot measure to go before voters on Feb. 14

Planning work priorities to be discussed

Jefferson County’s Board of County Commissioners and its Planning… Continue reading

Trimming an Italian plum, gleaners Scott Swantner, left, Seth Rolland and Tim Lawson devote their Sunday to trimming and pruning the Blue Heron orchard at Blue Heron Middle School in Port Townsend, to promote growth and health of the fruit trees, some of which were planted in 2010. The fruit goes to the school and is available to students. (Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula Daily News)
Pruning fruit trees

Trimming an Italian plum, gleaners Scott Swantner, left, Seth Rolland and Tim… Continue reading

Most Read