Administration Division Overview

On January 1, 2010, the Cities of El Cajon, La Mesa, and Lemon Grove entered into a joint powers agreement for management and delivery of fire protection and emergency medical services. This joint powers agreement is known as Heartland Fire & Rescue. This unique cooperative fire services agreement provides cost containment opportunities, maintains local control, ensures a high level of fire and emergency medical services delivery and maximizes resource utilization.


Together our departments provide services for all types of emergencies and hazards, including first responder advanced life support, paramedic transport services (El Cajon only), structural fire protection, wildland fire protection, vehicle extrication, vehicle fires, airport responses, hazardous materials first responder, regional urban search and rescue program, public service calls, public education, community preparedness, fire prevention, and fire code enforcement.

Management & Population Served

This cooperative service manages eight fire stations, nine engine companies, two truck companies, three paramedic transport units, and one battalion chief. The joint powers agreement serves a population of 180,000 and responds to approximately 20,000 calls for service each year.

Heartland Fire & Rescue

Visit the Heartland Fire & Rescue website for more information on:
  • Services Provided
  • Fire Station Locations
  • Fire Prevention
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Requesting a Presentation
  • News
  • Contact Information