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.

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.

Brush Fires

SCFD has responded to numerous brush fires in the month of March. Reminder there is a burn ban in effect and to follow all state and local laws on burning. Causes range from gender reveal parties gone wrong to illegal burning of trash and debris. Any questions on local burning laws can be directed to the link below:

3/22/21 - Brush Fire Mutual Smithfield

3/19/21 - Brush Fire Mutual Aid Harrisville

3/13/21 - Brush Fire Mutual Aid Harrisville

3/10/21 - Brush Fire Mutual Aid Harrisville and Cadiz Fire

Structure Fire Buckeye Street

SCFD was dispatched for a structure fire on Buckeye Street in Adena in the late evening on March 18th, 2021. Engine 2217 reported smoke and fire showing on arrival from the rear of the structure. Crews performed an attack and were able to contain the fire to room and contents with moderate fire and smoke damage. Crews established their own water supply and performed vertical ventilation and overhaul. The cause of the fire is under investigation with the state fire marshal. The building was vacant with no injuries reported.

Responding SCFD units included Engines 2217 and 2219 as well as Rescue 2231, Ambulance 2273, and Tanker 2253. Mutual Aid units included Cadiz, Harrisville, Smithfield, and Hopedale fire departments.


Structure Fire Roby Street


At 20:15 hours, SCFD was dispatched to Roby Street for a reported structure fire. Engine 2217 on scene at 20:21 reporting smoke showing from the bravo charlie side of a single family residential dwelling. Engine 17 established their own water supply from a nearby hydrant on Hanna Ave and pulled a 200' preconnect to the bravo side. Engine 17's crew made an aggressive interior attack and contained fire spread to a single room and contents. Salvage, overhaul, and ventilation were performed with the structure suffering moderate smoke damage and minimal fire loss. 2 animals were rescued from the structure with one person being treated and released by ALS personnel for smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire was determined to be a malfunctioning dryer.

SCFD would like to thank Smithfield, Cadiz, Harrisville, Mt Pleasant, and Hopedale fire departments for their quick response and assistance. Please keep Smithfield Township's Chief Constable Paul Carpenter and family in your thoughts and prayers during this time.