The Fire Prevention Division of Evesham Fire-Rescue shall require the owner, tenant, and/or occupant(s) of the following types of building(s) or structure(s) to have installed on their building(s) or structure(s) a rapid-entry key box, to be located in an accessible location, as determined by the Fire Official:
All hotels, motels or multiple dwellings that are occupied throughout the day or night and have common corridors to living units or spaces.
Any property that utilizes a locked gate to control vehicle access to the property.
All structures protected by an automatic alarm system or automatic fire-suppression system.
Any building equipped with an elevator.
Any structure deemed by the Fire Official that would be difficult to access because of secured openings.
Exception: Any property protected by on-site twenty-four-hour, seven-days-a-week security guard service, maintenance or nursing staff. One- and two-family dwellings.
The type of rapid-entry-key-box system to be installed shall be approved by the Fire Prevention Division prior to the purchase of same. The Fire Prevention Division may request, and the owner of the building or structure concerned shall provide, two sets of keys for the following areas within the building or structure: Pass or master keys, as may be available; boiler rooms; sprinkler rooms and control valves; fire alarm control panel; electrical rooms; elevators and elevator control rooms; and such other room(s) or door(s) requested by the Fire Department where entry may be required.
In addition to keys, combination access codes for locks and doors shall be stored within the rapid-key-box-entry system. Material safety data sheets, emergency contact numbers and other pertinent information as may be deemed necessary to deal with emergencies at the site may be required to be within the rapid-key-box-entry system as well.
All new buildings meeting the criteria of § 75-26, constructed after the effective date of this section, shall have a rapid-entry key box installed and operational prior to issuance of certificate of occupancy, and all existing buildings, within 90 days of the effective date of this article, shall be provided with a rapid-entry key box.
Notwithstanding the provisions of any other section of this article, no official, employee or member of the Fire Prevention Division or Fire Department shall request, nor shall an owner be required to provide, a key to any self-contained, individual living space area, unit or room.
The owner or operator of any occupancy or structure that requires a rapid-entry-key-box system shall be required to have kept therein updated keys and documents for all locks and structures as required at all times.
Violators of this article shall be subject to penalties as set forth in the Uniform Fire Code, N.J.A.C. 5:7002.12.