Established in 2016, Short Creek Joint Fire District serves the residents of Adena, Smithfield, Smithfield Township, and outlying areas in Jefferson and Harrison counties. As fire and EMS volunteers declined, the local officials determined the need for a paid service in the township to protect and serve our citizens efficiently. Offering the first township wide service in Jefferson County, Short Creek Joint Fire District was formed. SCJFD is a joint service that serves approximately 3500 people in 40 square miles and runs on average 600 calls a year. SCJFD is a full time department with 2 EMT’s and a third firefighter staffing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. These members currently serve out of 2 firehouses, one in Adena and one in Smithfield, with volunteers and mutual aid covering second calls and other emergencies. SCJFD is contracted to provide a multitude of services ranging from medical emergencies, structure fires, rescue operations, hazardous materials, and more. SCJFD operates under a fire board composed of members of council in Adena, Smithfield township residents, as well as a Smithfield Township trustee. The fire district is dedicated to the protection of lives and property, as well as public service to our community.

SCFD Responds to Kitchen Fire

Around 9:30 in the morning on September 29th, 2021, the Short Creek Joint Fire District was alerted for a report of a kitchen on fire in the 300blk of Hanna Avenue in Adena. Units from Short Creek arrived on scene and found smoking coming from a residence with all occupants outside awaiting crews. Engine 2217 found and extinguished a small kitchen fire. Units operated on scene for 60 minutes before returning to service. The fire has been ruled accidental.

SCFD Responds to Piney Fork House Fire

At approximately 08:40 in the morning on September 20th, 2021, the Short Creek Joint Fire District was alerted for smoke in a house in the 2100blk of Township Rd 134 in Piney Fork. The Short Creek Joint Fire District responded with an engine company, rescue company, and paramedic ambulance. Mutual aid was received by the Smithfield, Brilliant, and Hopedale Fire Departments. SCFD units arrived to find an electrical fire within the walls of an occupied home. The fire was promptly extinguished by crews on scene. No injuries were reported. The fire has been ruled electrical in cause. 

Tanker Responds To Mt Pleasant Fire

In the late afternoon of August 27th, 2021, the SCFD was alerted to respond with the Mt Pleasant Volunteer Fire Department for a large outside fire involving several hay bales in the 300blk of Township Road 15. Tanker 2253 was sent on the 1st Alarm Tanker Task Force assignment and assisted with water supply, as no hydrants were within close proximity to this rural address. Due to the size of the fire and lack of water, a 2nd alarm tanker task force was struck, bringing more water supply units to the scene. The SCFD operated for approximately four hours.

SCFD Responds to Smithfield Township House Fire

On the evening on August 23rd, 2021 the Short Creek Joint Fire District was alerted of a reported house on fire in the 6900blk of State Route 150 in Smithfield Township. Fire crews arrived on the scene to find a fire contained to a single room. The fire was extinguished by the SCJFD and our mutual aid partners. No injuries were reported and the cause is under investigation.

SCFD Holds Extrication Course

SCFD along with other local departments participated in an informative Vehicle Extrication demonstration on August 17th. Members got some hands on experience in various tools and equipment designed to stabilize and extricate victims from vehicle accidents in a safe and efficient manner. With the increased traffic of commercial and industrial vehicles in our jurisdiction as well as advancements in vehicle anatomy and structural integrity, SCFD is committed to adapting to these changes to provide our community with the proper tools, equipment, and training to facilitate a safe and effective extrication. We would like to thank Atlantic Emergency Solutions for their wonderful instructors and demonstrators as well as Paratech Fire & Rescue Equipment and HURST Jaws of Life for allowing us to demo their equipment. A massive thank you to Westfall Auto Sales for providing the cars and location for our crews to train in such short notice!