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.


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. 


In the early morning hours of March 20th, our on-duty crew was alerted of flash flooding occurring within the Adena area of the fire district. A request was made for all off duty personnel to report to the Adena firehouse to mobilize operations and move equipment out of the flood zone, with fear that the firehouse would soon be overcome with flood waters. With flooding conditions worsening, the SCJFD command staff made the decision to evacuate our Adena firehouse to a safe and secure location on higher ground. A command post was established and mutual aid was received from the Smithfield Volunteer Fire Company, Harrisville Volunteer Fire Company, Hopedale Volunteer Fire Department, Tiltonsville Volunteer Fire Department, Harrison Community Hospital EMS, and the Adena Police Department. The SCJFD also worked closely with our local government agencies, including the Village of Adena, and Smithfield Township to ensure the safety of our residents. In a span of less than nine hours, the SCJFD and our mutual aid partners were able to successfully handle 15 different calls for service between emergencies and public service calls. Harrison Community Hospital (A Division of Wheeling Hospital) recognized that our first responders were working tirelessly to assist district residents, and graciously responded by donating hot meals and snacks to our members and colleagues answering the call of duty. We are thankful for Wheeling Hospital's constant dedication to assisting all of those in fire & EMS. During this time of crisis, the SCJFD also successfully staffed a dedicated ambulance in Smithfield to serve our Smithfield and Smithfield Township residents with quicker response times, as many roads in the Adena area were impassable. The Short Creek Joint Fire District is dedicated to serving our residents and we are grateful for a close working relationship with our mutual aid partners. The SCJFD encourages all citizens to dial 911 for emergencies. For non-emergencies, you may dial our Adena station at (740) 546-4113. 


At approximately midnight on February 15th, 2020 the SCFD was dispatched for a report of a house on fire at the intersection of State Route 152 and County Road 8. Smithfield, Dillonvale, and New Alexandria Volunteer Fire Departments were also added to the assignment. Units arrived on scene to find a two story, vacant home fully involved. An defensive fire attack was mounted and the fire was quickly extinguished. The structure is a total loss and has been ruled suspicious.


Around 02:22 in the morning, the SCFD was alerted for a report of a vacant house on fire across the street from the caller at 1012 Township Road 138 in Smithfield Township. The SCFD quickly responded with Engine 2219, Rescue Engine 2218, Tanker 2253, and Medic 2273, along with Smithfield Engine 6511. Engine 2219 arrived on scene to find a two-story wood frame, single-family home with fire showing from the delta side. A prompt firefight ensued and the fire was placed under control in five minutes. After investigation with the State Fire Marshal, this fire was ruled Arson. No firefighters were injured during this incident.