This association is the self-help organization of the community of St. Oswald in the Yspertal (Lower Austria). This association supports the regions inhabitants either financially or by other means after fire emergencies. In short, the organization is an ancillary service.
The first association for mutual assistance in fire emergencies in St. Oswald was founded in the mid-19th century, following an increase in major fires in order to provide fast and non-bureaucratic assistance after agricultural factory and residential house fires. This has remained unchanged ever since. Eleven representatives are elected every ten years; they assess the damage and organize assistance according to the associations constitution. The affected inhabitants must prove their innocence with respect to the fire before any service can be granted.