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.


On February 22nd, 2020 at approximately 9:05 p.m. the Short Creek Joint Fire District was dispatched for a report of a barn on fire in the area of 1279 Township Rd 192. Units arrived on scene to find a large barn full of hay on fire. After extensive overhaul of contents, the fire was declared under control. The cause is suspicious in nature. 


The SCJFD was dispatched along with the Smithfield Volunteer Fire Department on February 5th, 2020 at 10:34 p.m. for a report of a garage on fire in the 1400 block of Main St. Units arrived on scene to find a garage fully involved. The fire was quickly brought under control by crews on scene and has been ruled suspicious in nature. 


On January 18th, 2020 at 05:44 p.m., the SCFD was dispatched in the area of 1275 Township Rd 192 for a report of a fire. Rescue Engine 2218 and Tanker 2253 arrived on scene to find a one story, detached garage with fire in the ceiling. Fire was brought under control in less than ten minutes. Smithfield Engine 6511 assisted on the scene. The cause of the fire was ruled accidental. 


On January 8th, 2020 at approximately 10:37 a.m. the SCJFD was dispatched with the Harrisville Volunteer Fire Company for a report of a residential trailer on fire. Crews arrived to find a mobile home well-involved with fire. Rescue Engine 2218 and Medic 2273 assisted Harrisville VFD with extinguishing all fire and overhauling the residence. Crews returned to service within an hour. 


On February 15th, 2020 at approximately 3:15pm, the SCFD and Smithfield Volunteer Fire Company were alerted for a report of a house on fire on township road 39 in Piney Fork. Rescue Engine 18 and Tanker 2253 arrived first on scene to find a one-story, wood frame, single family ranch style home with heavy black smoke showing. The working fire dispatch was transmitted, bringing assistance from the Smithfield Volunteer Fire Company, Hopedale Volunteer Fire Company, Brilliant Volunteer Fire Department, Dillonvale Vol. Fire Dept., New Alexandria Vol. Fire Dept., and the Unionport Vol. Fire Dept. The crew of Rescue Engine 18 mounted an aggressive interior attack, bringing the fire under control. One victim was transported to the hospital for evaluation by an SCFD medic unit. Sadly, many pets were lost during this blaze. No firefighters were injured during this incident. The cause of the fire has been ruled accidental in nature.