Established in 2016, Short Creek Joint Fire District serves the residents of Adena, former Village of 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 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, representative from 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.

Serious Accident on Three-Bend Hill

The Short Creek Joint Fire District was requested to assist units with Harrison County on October 14th at approximately 4:40 in the evening for a motor vehicle accident on US State Route 250 near the notorious 'Three Bend Hill'. Units from the Harrisville Volunteer Fire Company arrived on scene to find a single vehicle off the roadway into a tree with one individual trapped. Crews from Harrisville, Cadiz, Hopedale, and Short Creek operated for approximately 40 minutes to free the trapped driver with specialty rescue equipment. The occupant was airlifted to a trauma center with serious injuries.

Garage Fire in Smithfield

Crews from the Smithfield Volunteer Fire Company and Short Creek Joint Fire District responded to the 200blk of Allen Street in Smithfield on October 9th in the early morning hours for a garage on fire. Companies arrived and found a detached garage fully involved in fire. The garage is a total loss and the cause is under investigation.

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.