Mike Chasin, EMT Veteran, Named Interim Chief of Heartland Fire & Rescue

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Heartland firefighters at 9/11 memorial stair climb. Mike Chasin (inset) Photos by Chris Stone and via Facebook

Mike Chasin, a 30-year veteran of emergency services in Southern California, will assume the post of interim chief of Heartland Fire & Rescue next month, the East County agency announced Tuesday.

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Chasin will begin heading the department Aug. 11, taking over for current Chief Colin Stowell, who has been appointed to lead the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Chasin began his career as an emergency medical technician at UCLA in 1989. In 1997, he was hired by the city of El Cajon as a firefighter-paramedic, and went on to serve there in various capacities, including fire engineer, fire captain, fire marshal and division chief.

“With over 20 years of experience with Heartland Fire, I am deeply invested in our success at serving our communities and building a strong, mission-ready workforce,” Chasin said.

Heartland provides firefighting, fire-prevention, disaster-preparedness and emergency medical services in the cities of El Cajon, La Mesa and Lemon Grove.

— City News Service

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