Township of West Hanover, PA
Dauphin County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of West Hanover 6-2-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-3. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire Company — See Ch. 19.
Fire Marshal — See Ch. 22.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 103.
Fire Protection Districts — See Ch. 105.

§ 126-1 Title.

This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Key Lock Box Ordinance."

§ 126-2 Purpose.

In order to assist in providing effective response to emergency occurrences in the Township and for the protection of public and private property, the West Hanover Township Volunteer Fire Company must gain access to a structure in order to inspect emergency situations and assess the need for further action related to the emergency. In certain instances, when responding to emergency calls initiated by a remote dialing automatic detection or suppression system, entrance may be gained without forceful entry in to the structure. To improve emergency response time and minimize the need for forcible entry of a structure, the purpose of this chapter is to require certain nonresidential structures to have secured key lock box systems installed at the entrance of the structure to enable members of the West Hanover Volunteer Fire Company to securely enter the structure during an emergency occurrence detected by a remote response dial-up automatic fire detection or suppression system and/or a 911 call.

§ 126-3 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following words, terms and phrases shall have the meanings herein ascribed thereto unless the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
AUTOMATIC DETECTION SYSTEM
Any centrally monitored system, device, equipment, mechanical, electrical or battery-operated arrangement to activate a remote telephone calling response, alarm or signal of the occurrence of a police, fire, hazard or medical emergency requiring urgent attention and to which police, fire or EMS personnel are expected to respond.
AUTOMATIC SUPPRESSION SYSTEM
Any system that automatically detects a fire, activates an alarm and suppresses a fire by the application of an extinguishing agent through fixed piping and nozzles.
CODE OFFICIAL
The individual appointed by the Board of Supervisors, serving the Township as per the requirements of the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code, and also responsible for the enforcement of the Township's nuisance, property maintenance and other regulations identified in the Township Code.
[Added 11-7-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-9]
FIRE COMPANIES
All members and equipment of the West Hanover Township Volunteer Fire Company.
FIRE EMERGENCY
A fire.
FIRE MARSHAL
The individual appointed by the Board of Supervisors serving the Township as per the requirements of Chapter 22 of the Township Code.
[Added 11-7-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-9]
MEDICAL EMERGENCY
An emergency involving the health of a person.
PERSON
Any individual, group, firm, partnership, association, company, corporation or organization of any kind.
POLICE DEPARTMENT
All members of the Pennsylvania State Police Department.
POLICE EMERGENCY
Any incident requiring prompt response by the Pennsylvania State Police.
REMOTE RESPONSE DIAL-UP AUTOMATIC DETECTION SYSTEM
An automatic detection system that, upon detection of smoke or fire conditions in a structure, activates an alarm and/or provides dial-up telephone contact services to local emergency response agencies to which police, fire or EMS personnel are engaged to respond.
REMOTE RESPONSE DIAL-UP AUTOMATIC SUPPRESSION SYSTEM
An automatic suppression system that, upon detection of smoke or fire conditions in a structure, activates a suppression system and/or provides dial-up telephone contact services to local emergency response agencies to which police, fire or EMS personnel are engaged to respond.
STRUCTURE
That which is built or constructed or a portion thereof.
TOWNSHIP
The Township of West Hanover, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.
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Editor's Note: The former definition of “Township Manager,” which immediately followed this definition, was repealed 11-7-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-9.

§ 126-4 Key lock box required.

[Amended 11-7-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-9]
All structures within the Township having a remote response dial-up automatic detection system and/or a remote response dial-up automatic suppression system that are secured in a manner that restricts access during an emergency, including, but not limited to commercial and industrial structures, multifamily residential structures that have restricted access through a locked door or have a common corridor for access to the living units, government structures, health-care facilities and schools and churches, shall be equipped with a key lock box at or near the main entrance or in such other location approved by the Code Official or Fire Marshal.

§ 126-5 Exemptions.

The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to:
A. 
Any nonresidential structure not serviced by a remote response dial-up automatic detection system and/or a remote response dial-up automatic suppression system;
B. 
Any nonresidential structure that has a remote response dial-up automatic detection system and/or a remote response dial-up automatic suppression system, but is open 24 hours a day with the owner and responsible management in attendance at all times;
C. 
Single-family residential dwellings; and
D. 
PA State Police facilities.

§ 126-6 Emergency access contingency plan.

[Amended 11-7-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-9]
In unique circumstances only, nonexempt private nonresidential structures with a remote response dial-up automatic detection system and/or a remote response dial-up automatic suppression system may be exempt from this ordinance upon approval of an emergency access contingency plan. The property/business owner shall submit the plan in writing. The Code Official, Fire Marshal and designated representatives of the West Hanover Township Fire Company shall review and have final approval of the emergency access contingency plans, which shall exempt the property/business owner from these requirements in full or in part. Content of the emergency access contingency plan shall be as follows:
A. 
Name of business.
B. 
Address of business.
C. 
Nature of business.
D. 
Justification for exemption.
E. 
Description of entrance process in event of emergency.
F. 
Listing of all permanent contact information.
G. 
Letter indemnifying WHTFC for damages caused in an emergency response from a remote dialing alarm system.

§ 126-7 Time of compliance.

The owner of each structure constructed after the effective date of this chapter and subject to this chapter shall have a key lock box installed and operational prior to the issuance of an occupancy permit. The owner of each existing structure subject to the requirements of this chapter shall have one year from the effective date of this ordinance to have a key lock box installed and operational.

§ 126-8 Key lock box type.

[Amended 11-7-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-9]
The key lock box shall be an Underwriter's Laboratory approved model as approved by the Fire Marshal. The key lock box shall be equipped with a lock which can be opened only with a key that is issued to the Fire Marshal. Emergency vehicles shall each be equipped with one key that is held in a special security device. The owner of the structure is prohibited from obtaining or otherwise possessing a key to open the lock box.

§ 126-9 Location.

[Amended 11-7-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-9]
The key lock box shall be mounted on the structure entrance at a height of four feet and within three feet thereof or such other location approved by the Township Code Official or Fire Marshal. Flush-mounted or recessed key lock box installations shall be permitted, provided that the key lock box is clearly marked.

§ 126-10 Inspection following installation.

[Amended 11-7-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-9]
Once the key lock box is installed, the owner of the structure shall contact the Township Code Official or Fire Marshal during regular office hours to arrange for the owner of the structure to be visited by the Fire Companies to inspect the key lock box and install the access keys and any other items required by this chapter.

§ 126-11 Contents of key lock box.

The key lock box shall contain keys to all locked entrances whether on the interior or exterior of the structure, keys to locked mechanical or electrical equipment rooms, keys to elevator rooms and controls, keys to any fenced or secured area, directions to the fire alarm panels or controls and any hazardous materials stored in the structure. If any of the contents of the key lock box must be removed or anything is to be added thereto, arrangements shall be made with the Township to open the key lock box, inspect the items to be added to or removed from the box, and then lock the box.

§ 126-12 Contact person.

[Amended 11-7-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-9]
The owner of each structure required to have a key lock box shall provide a list of contact persons, indicating the name, home address and home telephone number to the Township Code Official or Fire Marshal. The owner of each structure shall immediately upon any change with respect to the list of contact persons provide the Township Code Official or Fire Marshal with such information.

§ 126-13 Municipal liability.

The Board of Supervisors, and its agents, officials and representatives shall not under any circumstances be liable or responsible for damages caused to any person or property by reason of the provisions of this chapter, or by reason of the conduct of any activity in compliance or noncompliance with the terms and provisions hereof. The person, persons, company or companies responsible for any lock box shall bear sole liability for any damages caused as a result thereof.

§ 126-14 Violations and penalties.

Any person who violates any provision of this chapter, upon summary conviction thereof, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000, plus costs of prosecution and in default of payment thereof, be imprisoned in the Dauphin County Prison for a period of not more than 30 days. Each day of violation of any provision of this chapter shall constitute a separate offense.

§ 126-15 Saving clause.

Nothing in this chapter hereby adopted shall be construed to affect any suit or proceeding impending in any court, or any rights acquired, or liability incurred, or any cause of action acquired or existing, nor shall any just or legal right or remedy or any character be lost, impaired or affected by this chapter.