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.

Rescue Company Assists Hopedale Fire with Accident

The Short Creek Joint Fire District assisted Hopedale Fire Department with a motor vehicle accident involving people trapped on January 12th, 2021 on State Route 151, just past Rose Valley Road in Harrison County. Rescue 2231 responded to provide assistance to crews on the scene. No injuries were reported.


On October 7th, 2020 at approximately 1600 hours, the Short Creek Joint Fire District was alerted with the Smithfield Volunteer Fire Department for a motor vehicle accident with injuries in the 1700blk of State Route 152 in Smithfield Township. Units arrived to find a two vehicle head-on type collision with one vehicle rolled over. Due to the extent of injuries, one patient was airlifted to a Pittsburgh area hospital. A second patient was transported by the SCJFD. The condition of the patients is unknown. The Short Creek Joint Fire District handled this emergency with two paramedic ambulances and our rescue squad.

MVA Co Rd 10


During the night, SCFD responded with 2219, 2299, and 2273 to a 1 vehicle MVA into a ditch. No injuries reported. SCFD was assisted on scene by OSP, Smithfield Constable, and Dillonvale PD as well. 

MVA Rollover Co Rd 10


Short Creek Fire responded to a single car MVA with rollover on Co Rd 10 at approximately 19:00 hours with unknown injuries. Crews arrived on scene to find 2 patient's out of the vehicle with minor injuries. Ambulance 2273 transported both patients for evaluation. Smithfield Fire, Smithfield Twp Police, OSP, and Poppe's towing all assisted SCFD on the call. 

Co Rd 8 Fire

Crews were dispatched to a possible barn on fire outside Dillonvale on County Road 8. Dillonvale 3721 reported a fully involved barn with exposures. Tanker Task Force was dispatched with multiple agencies assisting in controlling the fire. SCFD responded with 10 personnel including units 2219, 2280, 2246, 2273, and 2253. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.