Somerville bunkers win tick of approval

Somerville bunkers win tick of approval

15 March 2010

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USA —   A Somerville manufacturer has struck gold, developing the first bushfire shelter to be accredited for private use in Victoria.

Wildfire Safety Bunkers launched its shelter last Thursday, declaring it would revolutionise safety for families caught in a severe bushfire. The concrete structure accommodates six adults with enough oxygen for one hour.

Deputy building commissioner Sarah McCann-Bartlett said the bunker had undergone three months of rigorous testing by a panel of experts.

The commission has accredited the bunker while the Federal Government develops national standards for private bushfire shelters.

“This shelter has been designed to withstand all bushfire conditions, including flame contact,” Ms McCann-Bartlett said.

Wildfire Safety Bunkers director Anthony Tratt, from Mt Martha, said his bunker had withstood flames of 1060C.

His company has invested more than $1 million into developing the bunker.

A bunker costs $10,500 plus installation costs.

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