Fire security and civil protection organisationally belong to the department Öffentliche Ordnung (public order) in the District Office. Within this sector there are the following tasks:
- fire defence
- preventive fire protection
- civil protection/radio technology
- rescue services
Since 2002 the Saale-Orla-District does no longer have its own coordination centre for fire security and civil protection. These tasks are centralized in the coordination centre in Saalfeld and are run in cooperation with the district Saalfeld-Rudolstadt.