THE ashes have settled from January's bushfires, and the Tasmanian State Emergency Service team is heading north to return a favour.
A 21-strong Tasmanian clean-up crew will fly to Queensland today to help restore normality to communities that have been devastated by the latest flooding crisis.
SES taskforce leader Anthony Dick flew from Devonport yesterday to make arrangements before his 21 crew members arrive in the Scenic Rim Shire, inland of the Gold Coast, today.
"Normally we will work for three long days of 12-14 hours, so we will work Monday to Wednesday and come home on Thursday," he said.
"Our people are pleased to be given the opportunity to go and help out the people in Queensland who have been affected by the floods.
"We'll be trying to do as much as we can in a short period of time, to try and return the community to what it was like before."
Among the contingent heading north are seven from the Northern Region SES branch.
Northern Region SES manager Mhairi Revie said it was great to be able to "repay the favour" to the mainland crews who came to Tasmania to fight the bushfires in January.
"Most of our volunteers were involved in the firefighting in January, and we worked alongside a number of crews from the mainland," she said.
"We've had a couple of weeks' respite now, so we're right to go and help out up north."The seven Northern members of the Tasmanian crew were chosen because of their aptitude in rooftop safety and chainsaw operations.