Bridge Housing CEO John Nicolades has sent a message of support to all regional community housing providers in fire-affected regions: Community Housing Limited, Compass,  Homes North, Hume, Mission Australia and North Coast Community Housing. 

The CEOs of each organisations have indicated that all staff and tenants are safe, but many staff are off work to be with their families in safe areas and volunteering in the Rural Fire Services to battle the blaze.  

These fires are unprecedented in NSW and have led to the Premier to declare a state of emergency.

The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) is battling and trying to contain widespread fires since July this year, and this has been done through mobilising the world's largest volunteer fire service, some 70,000 volunteers in NSW to fight fires and deal with emergencies. They are exhausted and fatigued trying to contain these immense blazes.  

The photo, taken by a Mission Australia staff member from their house in Taree, is terrifying and attests to the intensity and ferocity of the fires that are now raging across NSW. Incredibly, the RFS stopped the blaze and saved all the houses in the street. 

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