here. False alarms account for roughly 95% of all fire department calls nationwide. Using the simple tips outlined in our guide will help all of us keep our borough safe by freeing up first-responders for actual emergencies.
When the MLVFD responds to a fire alarm it often finds the structure locked with no immediate access. This often results in significant delay as we attempt to track down an Emergency Contact with spare keys. Ultimately we will have no choice but to use "forcible entry" through a door or window to gain access, resulting in damage that could otherwise be avoided.
However, there is a product in use by the Borough's schools and some of our commercial properties that is now available to home owners. The MLVFD has partnered with a company, KNOX-BOX, which provides a nationally recognized program that is used by over 11,500 fire departments.
Simply put, a KNOX-BOX is a mini-safe, installed at the home or structure, which secures a spare entry key. The key is accessible by fire officers on-scene after they have entered their identification code. All key access is logged via the system to insure a permanent audit trail. More information on KNOX-BOX and its products can be found at this link.
The MLVFD recommends the 3200 Series for commercial buildings and the 1659 Box for residential homes. The process is simple: click on the appropriate checkbox on the order form, enter the Mountain Lakes Zip code and select MLVFD from the list of fire departments. Once the KNOX-BOX arrives and is installed simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address to complete the process.
If you need to reach us for an emergency please dial 911.
As you can see in the table on this page the MLVFD had a very busy year in 2013. The good news is that it was also a very safe year with no injuries. The call list includes Hurricane Irene, three house fires, several car accidents including a serious one requiring a helicopter evac, the occasional tree v. power-line fire, basement pump outs, etc. Please consider joining us in this important and rewarding service to the community and its neighbors.