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.

Structure Fire Co Rd 10

Units were dispatched to a reported structure fire on county road 10 near the entrance of Short Creek Sportsman Club. Engine 17 arrived first due to a single story wood frame vacant dwelling with fire showing on the Bravo side. Crews stretched a 200 ' preconnect to the entrance and had a quick knockdown on the fire. Engine 17 with the assistance of 2273 was able to establish their own water supply off a nearby hydrant. Fire was contained within the hour with no injuries reported. The cause is under investigation as arson with the state fire marshals office. Anyone with information should contact SCJFD or the state fire marshals office. 


Assisting SCFD was companies from Mount Pleasant, Smithfield, Cadiz, and Harrisville. 

UTV Crash send 2 to hospital

In the evening of June 2nd, SCFD was dispatched for a 1 vehicle UTV into a tree at the intersection of Foxes bottom Road and West Main St in Adena. Crews arriving on scene found 2 patients over an embankment had crashed at a significant speed into a tree. One patient was transported to the hospital with minor injuries with the other patient being transported via air evac to a level 1 trauma center in Pittsburgh. Responding units included SCFD ambulance 2273 and brush 2246 with UTV 2299 as well as an engine company from Harrisville Fire and two ambulances from Hopedale Fire. 

School Bus Accident with Injuries

On May 7th, SCFD was dispatched for a head on collision with a school bus vs passenger vehicle. Rescue 2231 and Ambulance 2273 were dispatched to assist in the MCI. 10 patients were transported with non life threatening injuries. 

Motor Vehicle Accident With Injury

On May 8th, SCFD was dispatched with Smithfield fire and OSP for a vehicle accident with injury on County Road 10. Incoming units found a pickup truck had crashed into a guardrail. The driver was discovered to be inebriated and unrestrained with a possible head injury. ALS unit 2273 transported to Trinity for evaluation. 

Also responding was Smithfield 6511, OSP, Command 2299, and Utility 2280. 

SCFD Responds to Large Brush Fire

Around 4pm on March 24th, 2021, the SCFD was dispatched to assist Harrison County for a reported brush fire on Blairmont Road, just outside of Adena. First arriving units declared a rapid spreading brush fire from high wind conditions with access issues due to terrain and exposures reported. SCFD established command on Blairmont Road with Engine 2219 providing a fill site to incoming brush units. Additional units were dispatched including Harrisville, Cadiz, Hopedale, Brilliant, Dillonvale, Smithfield, and Mt Pleasant Fire Departments for their brush units. SCFD units on scene included Engine 2219, Rescue 2231, Tanker 2253, Brush 2246, Medic 2274, and UTV 22.
Crews were able to contain the fire to approximately 5 acres. Exposures included a vacant garage and camper as well as various other dilapidated buildings and debris piles. No injuries were reported and the cause is currently under investigation with the Ohio State Fire Marshal. The fire was believed to be started from illegal burning during a burn ban. SCFD would like to remind it's residents of the current statewide burn ban between the hours of 6am and 6pm.