Phoenix (3TV/CBS 5) — Next week, Phoenix will begin installing lockboxes for a new pilot program designed to rapidly assist seniors and adults with disabilities during fire and medical situations. Lockboxes can be placed outside the home for emergency access. First responders have a code to open the box, and inside is a key to get inside the house without breaking the door.The homeowner’s medical information is also inside the box.
Alderman Anne O’Brien lobbied to get this in her city. They partnered with the Phoenix Fire Department and Phoenix REALTORS for this pilot program. “Let’s give them easier access,” she said. “We all know that seconds matter in a crisis or emergency. I am grateful for that.”
Chandler and Scottsdale already have similar programs. Chandler debuted the program several years ago. Since then, more and more people have signed up for the program. According to Chandler Police Detective Eva Zermeno, there are hundreds of lockboxes in the community. “If any city is considering this, it could save a family’s life,” Zermeno said. She said the box is a big help in the community when she goes out for her welfare checks.
O’Brien said he plans to begin installing two boxes in District 1 in Phoenix next Friday. She said she has 100 boxes so far and officials want to fix the problem before opening the program to the entire city.
To apply, you must be 65 years of age or older or an adult with a disability. You can apply here.
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