Members of the Romulus City Council approved the purchase of a KNOX Rapid Access System during their regular meeting July 25.
The KNOX rapid entry system is a secure emergency access program developed for property owners and fire departments to allow immediate access without forced entry, damage or delay. Property owners store entrance keys and cards in special devices which are used exclusively by the fire department during emergencies, officials explained.
The price for the new system is $14,502.96 according to Mayor Robert McCraight who presented the purchase to the council members for approval.
In response to a question from Councilman William Wadsworth, Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Krause explained that the purchase would replace an antiquated and outdated system now being used in the city.
“This is a master key system for all businesses, industrial, commercial and residential property in the city,” he said. “We get called after hours when a business is closed, this system allows us to open a box that has keys to that building. We then can gain access to the building without doing damage to doors, windows or any other destruction,” he said.
The purchase from Sole Source was approved by a unanimous vote of councilmembers.