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.

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!

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.