Chief's Message

On behalf of Heartland Fire & Rescue, I welcome you to our website. Here you will find information about our organization and its history, safety and emergency preparedness advice, and job and volunteer opportunities.

We, the men and women of Heartland Fire & Rescue, are committed to making our cities, of El Cajon, La Mesa, and Lemon Grove safer places for all to live, work, and visit. We continue to seek out opportunities to collaborate with our community and professional partners in this search for more efficient, safe, and innovative ways to better protect and serve our citizens, communities, and personnel. 

Our CERT, Reserve Firefighter, and Fire Explorer programs offer opportunities to support our mission on a volunteer basis. Working together provides us with the most resilience in having to face any emergency we might encounter.

Thank you for your interest and visit.


Bent Koch
Fire Chief

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Bent Koch--Fire Chief