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.

Co Rd 8 Fire

Crews were dispatched to a possible barn on fire outside Dillonvale on County Road 8. Dillonvale 3721 reported a fully involved barn with exposures. Tanker Task Force was dispatched with multiple agencies assisting in controlling the fire. SCFD responded with 10 personnel including units 2219, 2280, 2246, 2273, and 2253. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. 

Local 150 Fire

In the evening of June 6th, 2020, SCJFD was dispatched to assist the Dillonvale Volunteer Fire Department with a working fire at the Local 150 restaurant/bar on Smithfield St. Crews responded in Rescue 2231, Brush 2246, and Command 2299 with a total of nine personnel to assist in suppression efforts and RIT operations. Rescue 2231 also provided rehab supplies to firefighters working on the scene. A 'Mayday' was transmitted for the crew of Rescue 2231 who became trapped during a ceiling collapse, however all members escaped without injury. A total of eight companies responded to the incident. The cause is still under investigation.  

Camper Fire

On May 27th, crews were dispatched to a camper on fire near a residence. Arriving units found a camper partially involved outside a signle familly dwelling. Companies swiftly deployed a hose line and had the fire contained and out within minutes. Members were able to contain the fire before any spread to exposures. No injuries were reported and the cause is still under investigation. 


On May 13th, 2020, at approximately 22:30 hours, SCFD was dispatched to a utv accident off of county road 6 outside of Adena, Ohio. Upon arrival, on duty crew discovered a group of riders of the road with 2 patients involved in a high speed UTV rollover crash. Members immediately called for a second ambulance to the scene staffed by off duty personnel. SCFD transported 2 two trauma patients to nearby hospitals with non life threatening injuries. Also responding was 2299 and 2246 hauling UTV 22. 


In the early morning of May 14th, crews were called to a possible structure fire on blairmont road just outside of the township limits. On duty crews arrived first due to find smoke coming from the eaves on the side of the residence. Crews quickly established their own water source and performed an aggressive interior attack finding fire in the attic space of the residence. The fire was extinguished quickly and overhaul performed. No injurties or fatalities were reported. The fire cause is still under investigation.