SOUTH Esk district officer Steve Richardson, of the Tasmania Fire Service, is one of 20 fire agency personnel who left last night to help fight the devastating New South Wales bushfires.
Fire management specialists from the fire service, Forestry Tasmania and the Parks and Wildlife Service are on a six-day deployment for the fire effort.
The incident management and impact assessment teams are helping the NSW Rural Fire Service and their communities.
Mr Richardson, who also assisted his Victorian counterparts with the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires, said he always looked forward to helping.
He is working in incident management. ``We hope for the best but we have to plan for the worst,'' Mr Richardson said.
``Events like this stretch resources right across the board. People try to do their best, but unless you get them out of there they will work 16-hour days.
``So that's why they rotate more crews through.''
Mr Richardson said the Tasmanian team would be giving its NSW colleagues a short break from the fire effort.
The three fire service members of the impact assessment team will help to assess property damaged by the fire.
The fire service received significant help from interstate during January's bushfires.
Fire service deputy chief officer Gavin Freeman said Tasmania was not expecting significant dangerous fire weather, so further assistance to NSW was possible.
Premier Lara Giddings commended Tasmanian fire management staff who were going to help in NSW.
``While the memories of our own recent bushfire history just last summer are still very raw, these people are leaving their friends and families to apply their skills and expertise for the benefit of others,'' Ms Giddings said.