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Heartland Fire & Rescue

Vision Statement

"We will selflessly strive to serve the needs of our communities through collaboration, innovation, and personal accountability while embracing change and planning for the future."

About Us

The Lemon Grove Fire Department is a member of Heartland Fire & Rescue. On January 1, 2010, the cities of El Cajon, La Mesa, and Lemon Grove agreed to co-manage fire and emergency medical services in order to maintain high-quality services and provide cost-saving opportunities.  

Heartland Fire & Rescue offers combined resources of eight fire stations, nine engine companies, two truck companies, three paramedic transport units, and one BLS transport unit (Peak Hour Unit) to serve 180,000 residents.

In addition to fire, rescue, and emergency medical services, Lemon Grove staff will continue to offer local fire prevention and public education services. Links are located on the left panel of this page.

Equipment Housed:

-      Medic Engine 10

-      Medic Engine 210

-      American Medical Response Unit 257 


All Staff at Station 10 are supervised by a Battalion Chief as well as a Division Chief that monitors each shift. Each engine is staffed with a Captain, Engineer and Paramedic/Firefighter. Station 10 rescue staff includes:

-6 Captains (4 with Paramedic Certifications)

-6 Engineers (All have Paramedic Certification)

-6 Firefighters/Paramedics (All have Paramedic Certification)

Paramedics & Ambulance Services:

Paramedic Medical Transport services are provided by a private contractor through American Medical Response

Fire Chief's Message

As the Fire Chief, I want to take this opportunity to welcome you and thank you for taking the time to get to know us.

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.

Bent Koch
Fire Chief
Heartland Fire & Rescue

Wildfire Training 2024

Over the course of three days, San Diego County conducted the 2024 Multi Agency Wildland Preparedness Exercise. During the operational period firefighter crew members from around the County, Local law enforcement, the U.S. Forest Service, Baja California (Bomberos Tijuana), and more gathered in a training environment to coordinate a collaborative effort that aims to enhance woodland fire preparedness, share resources and expertise, and develop and implement response plans.
The program recognizes the importance of collaboration and coordination addressing the threat of woodland fires in the region, and works to ensure a unified and effective response to these incidents.
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