Federal government sends 450,000 smoke masks to fire-affected Victorians
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“Although these P2 masks have been held in the National Medical Stockpile for use in pandemics, I have made them available today because of the urgent need to assist frontline workers operating in bushfire-affected communities,” Mr Hunt said.
“These masks will also be made available to high-risk members of the public located in these communities.”
Three thousand P2 masks will be made available for Australian Federal Police officers working in affected areas, Mr Hunt added.
“People with underlying heart or lung health issues and other chronic conditions should consult their doctor for advice before using a P2 mask,” he said.
Canberra has been choked by heavy smoke for weeks, leading to the suspension of Australia Post services there.
“It’s likely that we will have those smoky conditions for a number of days into the future,” Mr Barr said.
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