[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Straban 4-2-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-07. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Numbering of buildings — See Ch. 49.
The purpose of this chapter is to require structures that have sprinkler systems and/or automatic fire/emergency alarm systems to have a rapid access key lock box installed at the entrance of the structure to enable members of the local fire and EMS departments to gain access without forced entry to the structure when responding to an emergency.
When mandated by any fire department or other emergency service responder having the duty to be the "first due" responder in an area of the Township, all new and existing buildings within the Township, with the exception of one- and two-family dwellings, having automatic fire detection and reporting systems and/or automatic fire-suppression systems (such as sprinkler systems) shall be outfitted with a rapid entry key box approved by the chief of the department which is the "first due" responder. All such buildings that have accessways protected by fences, gates or other barriers secured by a padlock, by electronically operated gates or automatic gates, or by other controlled circuits, shall be equipped with a padlock or switch that is approved by the chief of such responder and which will allow access by the "first due" responder without forcible entry.
All rapid entry key boxes shall be installed in accordance with the following standards:
The key box shall be installed in a workmanlike manner.
The key box shall be installed adjacent to the main entrance of the building. It shall be clearly visible and mounted as designated by the chief of the "first due" responder, not more than five feet above final grade. The key box may have a tamper switch connected to the alarm system.
Where other factors suggest that an alternate location is appropriate, the chief of the "first due" responder may approve that location.
The key box shall contain keys or other such devices to open doors at the following locations:
Individual tenant spaces.
Rooms containing control valves for automatic sprinkler systems.
Rooms containing fire alarm control panels.
Rooms containing elevator-operating equipment.
Rooms or areas containing hazardous materials.
Rooms containing main electrical panels.
Other rooms or areas that the chief of the "first due" responder designates for immediate access.
When electronic door locks are employed, the key box shall contain a copy of the appropriate digital code to provide access to the building or the rooms specified in Subsection D of this section.
All keys shall be clearly marked as to what door, room, area or lock they serve.
In order to develop a rapid entry system that will be compatible with all fire and emergency responders serving the Township, the proprietary system manufactured and distributed by the following company is hereby approved as the exclusive rapid entry key box system to be used in the Township:
The owner, manager, and/or occupant of a building required to have a rapid entry key box shall also provide, maintain, and update information about an emergency contact person or persons, including name, home address, and telephone number. This information shall be kept in the key box, shall be provided to the chief of the "first due" responder, and shall be provided to the Adams County 911 emergency communications system.
All new construction occurring after the effective date of this chapter, and covered by this chapter, shall comply with its provisions. All existing buildings to which this chapter applies shall comply with the provisions of this ordinance within one year after its effective date.
The owner of any building subject to this chapter who shall violate any provisions hereof, upon conviction by a magisterial district judge, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days. Each day that a violation of this chapter continues constitutes a separate offense.