As the Fire Chief for Heartland Fire & Rescue, I want to take this opportunity to welcome you to our website and thank you for taking the time to get to know us. I am proud to serve the cities of El Cajon, La Mesa, and Lemon Grove. It’s truly an honor to lead this tremendous group of fire service professionals who are committed to providing the highest level of emergency services to the residents and visitors of our cities. We exist as an organization for one purpose; to protect the lives and property within our fine communities in time of need. The men and women of Heartland Fire & Rescue embrace this core mission with the utmost compassion and respect for those they serve.
On January 1, 2010, the cities of El Cajon, La Mesa, and Lemon Grove embarked upon a unique cooperative services agreement. With the goal of combining fire and emergency medical services to maximize limited resources and create cost containment, we strive to accomplish this while continuing to provide the highest level of service our residents have come to expect. The vision and innovation of city leaders from El Cajon, La Mesa, and Lemon Grove when establishing Heartland Fire & Rescue has proven to be a model of how collaboration and unification in the fire service can improve our ability to provide emergency services to our communities
Ensuring safe communities through education, prevention, and emergency response is our organization’s highest priority and is reflected in the services and attitudes of the Heartland Fire & Rescue professionals every day. This agency’s management team is committed to making sure the members of our department are equipped with the skills, tools, and training to provide these services in a safe and effective manner.
Heartland Fire & Rescue values trustworthiness, resourcefulness, compassion, diversity, respect, and the commitment to excellence. I am extremely proud these words not only represent what we value as an organization, but are embraced by all of our members as guiding principles and beliefs on a daily basis that continue to make a difference in our communities we serve.
It is my hope you find the information in this website useful. If you have suggestions for improving the site, please let us know.
Colin Stowell, Fire Chief
Heartland Fire & Rescue