Bellingham Fire Department Installs Lock Boxes for Seniors
Last month, the Bellingham Fire Department, led by Safe Coordinator Lt. Brad Kwatcher, installed 32 lock boxes in the homes of senior citizens in Bellingham. This program has been very successful since its inception in 2014. We have installed over 100 lock boxes to seniors in town and it has been proven beneficial and life-saving. The boxes are mounted to the homes and a key is placed in the box. The box can only be opened with a code that is stored in the dispatcher’s database. This reduces the time it takes to break a door down to get to someone in an emergency and it also reduces damage to the doors.
This program is funded from the Senior Safe Grant that is awarded from the Department of Fire Services every year. Kwatcher was helped by Captain Neil Coakley and Lt. Mark Lister.