Episode 010 - Vertically Venting an Interstate - with Hatch, Shane, Pabel, and Bill

Sooner or later in your firefighting career, you come across an incident that you really didn't fully anticipate. You find yourself looking at the hellish reality in front of you and think, "Now what?"

On the evening of March 30, 2017, a stockpile of what the DOT called "non-combustible" material caught fire under a large elevated span of Interstate 85 approximately a mile north of the skyscrapers of Atlanta. As the fire rapidly unfolded on most Atlanta residents' televisions, the rest of us watched as a 100' long, five lane wide section of interstate pancaked to the ground below, while one of our regular moderators, Hatch, had a front row seat as the incident commander.

For this podcast, we sit down with Hatch and let him walk us through how he ended up on scene, what he was thinking, and how he processed what was going to have to be done.