Timothy Wilson first came up with the idea of creating a transportable fire bunker three years ago and soon it could come into fruition.
Mr Wilson along with his wife and three other friends, including Brent Bowen, have seen the devastation from this bushfire season that has displaced thousands of people from their homes.
The team, comprising of engineers, emergency personnel and marketing, are hoping these bunkers could protect communities and its residents in the event of a future bushfire.
"With these sorts of disasters, it's become more apparent that although we have great emergency services, things can still get way out of hand and become uncontrollable," Mr Wilson said.
"Even though you do try and evacuate people and give them the best information ... people can still find themselves trapped or are not prepared."
The group has been in close consultation with a range of government agencies, such as the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, local councils, the Victorian Building Authority and the NSW Building Services Corporation.
The concept design is based off a shipping container that will be placed above ground, with multiple exit and access points and can fit more than 10 people.
"We are modifying it to make it fully fire, heat and smoke proof," Mr Wilson said.
"Our concept is to have an air tank, which is what firefighters use, and it can be replenished after so many hours."
For Mr Bowen, no longer fighting on the front line, this project is a chance for him to make a difference.
"You realise how little you can actually do and how small you are in the grand scheme of things," he said.
"I've done emergency services for 10 years, both with the Rural Fire Service and the State Emergency Service and until recently, I've past them up.
"It's been hard for me to just sit back and do nothing while all my fellow colleagues are out there."
Mr Bowen said certain areas of the design project has been challenging.
"Getting into [the bunker] you're contaminating the air quality as well," he said.
"We've also had to seek different government areas about clearing the land for installation.
"If there's a company or council that has a few of these on standby, they can use it for works and other purposes and then they can deploy these out to communities during a bushfire."
At this stage, there are currently no regulations for commercial or portable bunkers, only for private bushfire shelters.
"It's like a pioneer solution where we simply need to prove it will save lives and that it will meet the standards of a bushfire condition once we can prove it is structural, safe and it works," Mr Wilson said.
The team are calling on the community's support, through a GoFundMe page, to fund the materials that would build the first prototype.
"Once we have the funds, we could have this built in two to three days," Mr Wilson said.
"We've already been in contact with the CSIRO and as soon as we can get it certified and compliant, we can put them out there.
"We're desperate; it's still current, people are still facing these fires and ideally we would love this concept done and tested in weeks."
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