"It's good to be home", is what the firefighters said when disembarking from a different sort of flight landing at the Launceston Airport on Sunday.
More than 30 of the North's volunteer firefighters arrived home from a week-long deployment helping battle the NSW bushfires.
Matthew Buck, from the Prospect volunteer brigade, was a strike team leader on the fire ground, and said they were able to provide some relief for the local firefighters.
"We were doing some fire suppression. And also, strengthening containment lines and some patrolling in fire affected areas. The last couple of days was sort of actually responding into the community," he said.
"It's very, very important to actually help the community and provide that support, but also to give interstate support to our colleagues over there, a lot of them have been fighting these fires for months."
The impact our volunteers had did not go unnoticed by locals around Nowra and Queanbeyan, Glengarry volunteer Liam Cox said.
"We couldn't walk down the street without someone coming over and hugging us and crying on your shoulder," he said.
"It was extremely rewarding to go over there to help the local community. It was mind blowing."
The NSW fire service hierarchy even praised the quality work our firefighters did, Mr Cox said.
He said weather was favourable for most of the week, allowing them to establish a "significant" amount of control lines.
"Some of the members of the firefighters that we were working with over there have had two sit-down meals in the last six weeks at their own home," he said.
"As a result of us going over, that one person in particular, was able to go home and have a day off with his family and do his normal day-to-day stuff. That's one of the main reasons that we went over there to help them and support them."
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Mr Buck said he was so proud of the Tasmanian volunteers.
"The crew I had worked superbly. The morale and the spirits they had really helped their efforts and the whole week go well," he said.
He has done deployment before, but said these conditions were in a different sort of countryside and the fire behaviour was different to Tasmania.
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