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.

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.

Mutual Aid Brush Fire

On February 23rd, SCFD was dispatched to assist Brilliant fire with a brush fire. UTV 22 was requested for access issues due to location. The fire was contained with multiple departments assisting to control the burn. 

SCFD Runs Accident with Entrapment

On February 13th, 2021 the Short Creek Fire District was alerted to respond with Hopedale Fire Department for a single vehicle accident with a report of a person trapped on Rose Valley Road in Harrison County. Responding SCFD units arrived on scene with Hopedale crews to find a serious crash with one occupant trapped. SCFD crews assisted Hopedale with extricating the patient from the vehicle with rescue tools. The occupant was transported to the hospital for injuries.