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 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. 

Burn Ban In Effect

The State of Ohio open burn ban officially took effect on March 1st, and will be in place until May 31st. With the changing of the seasons, the risk of a brush fire is much higher due to dry conditions. To reduce the risk of any brush fires, the burn ban will be enforced between the hours of 6am to 6pm daily. Please use extreme caution if you choose to open burn within the appropriate time frame.

Fire Prevention Week 2019- BL West Elementary

Crews went to Buckeye Local West Elementary for their annual fire prevention week. Students learned about the dangers of fire, exit drills in the home, smoke detectors, stop/drop/roll, and more! Students also were able to go outside and see the engine, ambulance, the equipment fireman use every day, and to never fear a firefighter in gear!