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TU Graz Volunteer Fire Brigade

The TU Graz volunteer fire brigade does not focus on classic duties such as carrying out rescue operations and extinguishing fires, but rather on research and teaching.

Researchers and students from many disciplines band together to carry out operations with members of the fire brigade. These involve rescue robots, reconnaissance drones, flood forecasting systems and many other examples of scientific innovation. In this way, the Styrian fire brigades can integrate the latest research and scientific findings directly and easily into their operations. Working together, the members develop technologies and systems that can be used in crisis and disaster control.

Volunteer Fire Brigade of TU Graz
Logo Volunteer Fire Brigade of TU Graz


  • Name: TU Graz Volunteer Fire Brigade
  • Field of activity:  Scientific training, advanced training and continuing education for fire brigade members as well as practical research under operational conditions, as well as the use of professional expertise in complex operations.
  • Postal address:
    Rectorate of TU Graz
    Rechbauerstraße 12/I
    8010 Graz
  • Contact:
    Petra Rautnig
    Senior Fire Officer (OBI) 
  • Target group: TU Graz staff, teaching staff, students and alumni who would like to volunteer to take active part in the fire brigade and are willing to complete basic training (i.e. consisting of training in theory, a fire-fighting operation and offering technical assistance after a traffic accident). Newcomers are just as welcome as people with previous experience.
Petra Rautnig
Senior Fire Officer Petra Rautnig, Deputy Commander

The colleagues who are volunteering on the front line are doing impressive work. I’m pleased that Styria has made it possible to provide this unique access to the 21st century R&D going on throughout Europe by founding the "Uni - Fire Brigades" to support this work. What I especially appreciate is the camaraderie that builds over time and which you only experience at this level of intensity in emergency organizations.

Field Roboter TU Graz


The FF Wies and students of the FF TU Graz are jointly developing a digital radiation protection map. This map can be used to determine and visually display the radiation exposure at the scene of an incident.

Phillipp Rothmaier, a student project worker at the Vehicle Safety Institute at TU Graz, is currently conducting a feasibility study on extinguishing devices that can be used to efficiently cool high-voltage batteries in e-vehicles in order to prevent e-car fires.

Together with the Faculty of Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering, the FF TU Graz helps the individual area commanders to expand their drone infrastructure and train personnel in the handling and use of drones.

In cooperation with the Provincial Fire Brigade Association (in German: Landesfeuerwehrverband), the Faculty of Architecture at TU Graz is running a student competition to plan a new chapel for the Provincial Fire Brigade Command Centre in Lebring.

Comrades of the TU Graz volunteer fire brigade in protective clothing stand in front of a fire engine.

Offers for Volunteers

  • Monthly exercise: This forms the basis for establishing and maintaining contacts across institute borders
  • Insurance provided for all exercises and operations
  • Uniform
  • Project kitty: Small projects that are carried out on your own initiative are financially supported by TU Graz.
  • Network: Do you want to work on your fire brigade topic as a bachelor’s or master’s thesis? We can help you find the right institute or funding


Simply contact us at info.ffnoSpam@tugraz.at. We welcome all new volunteers!