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.

Local 150 Fire

In the evening of June 6th, 2020, SCJFD was dispatched to assist the Dillonvale Volunteer Fire Department with a working fire at the Local 150 restaurant/bar on Smithfield St. Crews responded in Rescue 2231, Brush 2246, and Command 2299 with a total of nine personnel to assist in suppression efforts and RIT operations. Rescue 2231 also provided rehab supplies to firefighters working on the scene. A 'Mayday' was transmitted for the crew of Rescue 2231 who became trapped during a ceiling collapse, however all members escaped without injury. A total of eight companies responded to the incident. The cause is still under investigation.  

Camper Fire

On May 27th, crews were dispatched to a camper on fire near a residence. Arriving units found a camper partially involved outside a signle familly dwelling. Companies swiftly deployed a hose line and had the fire contained and out within minutes. Members were able to contain the fire before any spread to exposures. No injuries were reported and the cause is still under investigation. 


On May 13th, 2020, at approximately 22:30 hours, SCFD was dispatched to a utv accident off of county road 6 outside of Adena, Ohio. Upon arrival, on duty crew discovered a group of riders of the road with 2 patients involved in a high speed UTV rollover crash. Members immediately called for a second ambulance to the scene staffed by off duty personnel. SCFD transported 2 two trauma patients to nearby hospitals with non life threatening injuries. Also responding was 2299 and 2246 hauling UTV 22. 


In the early morning of May 14th, crews were called to a possible structure fire on blairmont road just outside of the township limits. On duty crews arrived first due to find smoke coming from the eaves on the side of the residence. Crews quickly established their own water source and performed an aggressive interior attack finding fire in the attic space of the residence. The fire was extinguished quickly and overhaul performed. No injurties or fatalities were reported. The fire cause is still under investigation. 


On Sunday, May 3rd, 2020 at approximately 1:36p.m., the SCFD was dispatched with the Smithfield Volunteer Fire Department for a report of a house on fire in the 200blk of Hill Street in Smithfield. Units arrived on the scene to find a single family home well involved in fire. An aggressive interior attack was initiated and all fire was extinguished. In addition to Short Creek and Smithfield VFD, assistance was provided by Brilliant, New Alexandria, Rayland, Mt Pleasant, Unionport, and Dillonvale Volunteer Fire Departments. Due to water supply concerns with low output fire hydrants, the alarm was sounded for Tanker Task Force to respond to assist with shuttling water, if needed. The SCFD responded promptly with 13 members and operated on scene for roughly three and a half hours. The Ohio State Fire Marshal will be conducting an investigation to determine a cause of the fire. There were no injuries.