In February of this year, two Orange County New York fire protection technicians suffered life-altering injuries when an extinguisher exploded during servicing. The younger of the two men, a 23-year-old named Frank Buono, lost one of his legs in the accident. The older was a 35-year-old named Chris Foust, and he lost both legs. On September 23, 2016, Foust was found deceased of unknown causes.
The ABCO Fire family is deeply saddened by the loss of what was by all accounts a promising and dedicated young man with a passion for fire safety. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Chris Foust, and the entire community of Orange County, New York. Chris wasn’t just a fire extinguisher technician, he was also a father, and until his injury was a volunteer firefighter. According to reports, he never fully recovered from the incident last February.
Most in the fire protection industry spend at least a portion of their careers in the “powder room,” the area of the shop dedicated to servicing fire extinguishers. All of us can relate to the hazards of handling pressurized cylinders, especially during testing and recharging. While we may never know exactly what happened in New York last February, we can all appreciate the importance of doing our jobs safely. Our customers and our loved ones are all counting on us to be fully present in everything we do, because lives—sometimes our own lives—are at stake.
For more on Chris’ life and the accident that altered its course, view the following links: