Pedernales Fire Department is no longer using or supporting the use of gate codes for entry into private properties. PFD will now be utilizing the KNOX BOX Rapid Entry System (you will still use whatever gate code you want; this is merely a peripheral system which piggybacks onto your existing one). This key and lock system is very simple, secure, and is utilized throughout Travis County, as well as by more than 11,500 fire departments nationwide. Once you have this system installed you will no longer need to be concerned with calling your gate code in to the fire department. One of the major difficulties with the gate codes was that people would change their code but forget to call that change in to PFD. Then, in the event of an emergency at your property, PFD doesn’t have your correct code, and our firefighters are delayed in gaining access to your property to help you. Also, we rely on neighboring departments to assist us with larger emergencies; none of them will have your gate codes but ALL of them will have access to the KNOX BOX system. The KNOX BOX Rapid Entry System is used throughout the country and many people who move here are familiar with them and prefer to have this entry system on their property.
For more information about the system, call Battalion Chief Wade Schmidtzinsky at 512-264-1476 during regular business hours, Monday thru Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm or send email to KnoxBox@pedernalesFD.org.