More than 13,000 Australian tradies have come together to donate their time and skills to those affected by these devastating bushfires.

Described as ‘air-tasker’ for fire relief, Tradies for Fire Affected Communities (TFFAC) aim to provide a long-term plan for a long-term solution, well after the last of the fire trucks leave these burnt-out towns.

The group was set up by carpenter Piers Smart, who shared the following post on January 2, hoping to recruit about 50 mates; “For anyone that’s keen to help out, I’ve just started a little group. For any tradie out there that can offer their time, please join,” it read. Three days later, the group had attracted almost 5000 members.

“There’s going to be work to do for months, if not years, and we want to be out there for the long term, not only while it’s on the news and everyone is thinking about it,” said Piers Smart.

“Safety is our number one priority at the moment, with up to 80 per cent of burnt houses containing asbestos, which is spreading via asbestos winds. We don’t want to be cowboys and get into people’s ways or put our tradies in danger,” he said.