This organization provides excellent service to the communties and neighborhoods they serve. It is an honor to witness the way they truly care about their fellow man in regards to safety. The more they have, the more they want to give! May God continue to bless You Monica and Vinnie!
The organizer of this organization is a scam artist. He is being investigated for fraud. Most members of FDNY have heard this mans name and know he is a phony . Think hard before donating anything to this group
This guy is a wanna be. Makes up fake uniforms and vehicle plaques to make himself look important. He is a disgrace
Be Advised that the negative reports about Gear Up Foundation, are complete fabrications and false. Because of malicious acts such as this erroneous comments, Gear Up Foundation has filed a lawsuit against individuals and agencies that have allowed and promoted such actions. Case was filed appropriately on September 11th 2013. All false and negative comments made on this site and others will be collected and maybe use in support of our case. PS: THIS PERSON WAS NEVER A VOLUNTEER, NOR HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH GEAR UP FOUNDATION.
We need heroes to save us from our mistakes or accidents. But who will help those heroes from getting hurt? They risk their lives but we do not realize how precious their lives are until they are sacrificed. When I heard about Gear Up Foundation, I was mind blown. They work very hard to make sure that firefighters from the countries they visit (from all over the world) are prepared for their battles to save innocent people. Gear Up provides help by supporting poor fire departments with good equipment, they train firefighters, and other necessities for our heroes to be safe in their fight to survive and to save those in need.
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My name is Daniel Rodriguez and I have known this foundation and its board for many years. I have volunteered in several events and have seen first hand the wonderful nature of this foundation and its mission. I was directly involved with helping a poorly supplied fire brigade get much needed equipment in order to save lives and would not have been successful without the help of the caring people at Gear Up.
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I have been volunteering at Gear Up for 13 years now, and I couldn't be any happier to be part of this foundation. I agree with everything GUp stands for, and I love being able to say that I have done my share for them, as a photographer, document translator, and more. I've been treated with great respect and I love to know that we give continuously to those in need.
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Let me first say that I’ve been friends with Vincent Forras for 38 years, and it has been a friendship filled with mutual respect and understanding during good times and bad, great adventures, lots of laughter, and one of the few decisions in my life that holds no regrets. I have had the pleasure of seeing first hand how much Vinny gives of himself, despite debilitating health issues resulting from his efforts as a First Responder at 9/11 Ground Zero, without a thought of gaining anything in return except for the satisfaction of helping others, from his close friends, to those around the world in need. During several trips to South America with Vinny and his wife Monica over the last decade, I have witnessed the smiling faces and warm welcome they receive from everyone who has benefitted from their efforts with Gear Up Foundation. I am proud to say that Vinny is one of my 2 best friends, and my life has been better in many ways because of our friendship.
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I have been working with Gear Up for 9 years. It has truly been a blessing to able to help our brothers and sisters in less fortunate countries. My family has invested many dollars and hours in collecting used fire equipment to share. All of this at OUR expense. Those that have stated otherwise have no idea what we have accomplished. The reception by our fellow firefighters in Latin America has been overwhelming.
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I began volunteering with Gear Up 10 years ago, and have seen first hand how this wonderful foundation has helped other firefighters with their training, provided equipment, as well as educated children with fire prevention in my native home of Ecuador. I am so grateful for being able to witness the help that has been extended to other firefighters in third world countries, where the equipment and gear are not durable enough to battle fires. I have seen the faces on those firefighters when they have received the current standard equipment that is used in the U.S., revolutionizing the way that they are able to protect their communities. That experience was priceless. Thank you Gear Up, for all your work and accomplishments. PS: Vincent and Monica have enormous hearts and their generosity is endless.
As a 9/11 responder we have watched this foundation promise money that has never come. We know Vincent has raised large sums of money through Gear Up Foundation and has not donated any of it to a single 9/11 responder. We urge you not to donate to this foundation as they are under investigation by numerous entities.
As per previous statements this is again an obvious personal attack and baseless and actually pretty pathetic. We feel more sorry for you and your pathetic tactics considering every single false charge that has been made by a small group of rotten apples has fallen on deaf ears and has only led to more individuals being implicated in the suit filed in NYS Supreme Court on September 11th, 2013. Believe me, this is not a HOLLOW THREAT, but an actual suit that was filed and will be expanded to include additional individuals through information being captured on social media and elsewhere containing malicious and false information including statements such as those being made in the above false review. The information being presented is tainted and false and malicious, thus the filing.
Do a simple google search on this foundation's owner, Vincent Forras and count how many different 'tales' of his 9/11 experience and you will quickly realize that this individual see's dollar signs with 9/11. It is disgusting how he uses 9/11 as his platform to raise donations!
Do yourself a bigger favor. Realize how easy it is to FAKE GOOGLE with BS reviews that are written by those who have an agenda and also have NO IDEA of the truth behind GEAR UP FOUNDATION. Every false charge is just that FALSE> Its more embarrassing to those who make this stuff up than anything to think that a foundation with 12 plus years of operation could be "FOOLING" folks all these years. Gear Up has fulfilled every filing, every law and then some... Our legacy continues to show that we do indeed make a difference across the globe in tribute to all those who served... ADDITIONALLY... ON SEPTEMBER 11th, 2013 a LAWSUIT WAS FILED AGAINST ALL THOSE INVOLVED IN THE FALSE CLAIMS AND WILL BE VIEWED IN PUBLIC SOON. STAY TUNED AS INDIVIDUALS ARE SERVED WITH PAPERS THAT MAY CAUSE THINGS TO CHANGE PRETTY QUICKLY!
Gear up and Vinny forras are frauds! They use 9/11 as their trophy. They mislead donors into believing they support 9/11 responders. His stories of 9/11 are fabricated. All he did at ground zero was search out VIP's for ohiti ops! He is a scumbag mutt who was terminated from his vollie department. I was burned by Vinny. Don't make the same mistake I made! He is a crook!!!
We continue to get these idiotic comments by low life people who follow like wooden soldiers members of FDNY as their puppet masters. I am wondering if they will continue to follow them into court during the upcoming law suits that will expose their actions in public.
Hola soy Andres maldonado Bombero voluntario de CHILE con mas de 20 años de servicio a esta institucion de una familia de bomberos voluntarios creo que desde antes de nacer ya traia arraigada en mi sangre pertenecer a esta institucion, tambien quiero agradecerles el haberme invitado a ser participe de esta tan noble fundacion, espero algun dia tener el gusto de estar junto a ustedes, gracias por su rol en honrar a los que calleron el 11/9, gracias por estar y ayudar a las instituciones bomberiles con mas necesidades...muchas felicidades, saludos cordiales.
MI NOMBRE,ES ALI SANTIAGO BOMBERO VOLUNTARIO HACE MAS DE 15 AÑOS,EN BOMBEROS DE JOSE C PAZ,ES UN ORGULLO SABER DE ESTA FUNDACION,TODA LA ENERGIA QUE PONE,YA SEA LA SEÑORA MONICA CARRERA COMO EL SEÑOR VINCET FORRAS. Y LA GENTE QUE TRABAJA CON ELLOS.SABER DE SUS AYUDAS Y ESFUERZOS.POR SUERTE SIGE HABIENDO GENTE CON ESA CALIDAD DE VIDA. SU AYUDA A LOS DEMAS.EN CUANTO AL ATENTADO DE LAS TORRE,QUEDARA EN LA HISTORIA COMO EL ATENTADO MAS INFAME,QUE NUNCA OLVIDAREMOS.COMO HACI TAMBIEN LOS BOMBEROS CAIDOS EN CUMPLIMIENTO DEL DEBER, SIN OLVIDAR SUS FAMILIAS Y AMIGOS,PERO QUEDA DEMOSTRADO UNA VEZ MAS QUE CUANDO MAS FUERTE ES EL GOLPE,UNO MAS FUERZA TIENE LA PREMISA ES NO OLVIDAR. Y SEGUIR CON EL COMPROMISO ETICO DE TODO BOMBERO SACRIFICIO ABNEGACION Y VALOR,HONRAR LA VIDA,Y POR LA UNION MUNDIAL DE LOS BOMBEROS.
When I heard about this nonprofit organization, I was very touch for the miracle of life, those who survived. Their lives were changed for ever and is very gratifying to see how that horrible experience had been transformed into that brings us together, that no matter how much hatred can be out there towards us Americans , we take that horrible feeling and convert it into love and this organization is really focus into love one another, charity by charity they probed that there is hope in this world.
I have been involved as a volunteer with this non-profit organization for more than 10 years and I have seen things done first hand, I would definitely recommend to those people that are doubtful about this foundation to volunteer with Gear Up. Monica and Vincent have been a true blessing to poor firefighter departments around the world (the countries they have traveled to) by giving them donations such as firetrucks and uniforms.
It is sad but in all honesty to say that the internet does lie, but be aware that the negative articles written about Vinny are false. I know Vincent and he is a giving, caring, and trustworthy person. Not only him, but the whole Gear Up team. This organization has not only helped others but it has also helped me by realizing i can make a difference in the world by helping others in any way I can.
My experience with Gear Up has been wonderful, gladly to let the world know how trust wordy is all the team in USA as well as INTERNACIONALly
Correct !!!! My experience with Gear Up has been wonderful, i am proud to continue to help and gladly to let the world know how trust wordy is all the team in USA as well as INTERNACIONALlY
I have know Monica and her husband for quite sometime, on the 10th anniversary me and several other emergency services workers wanted to come to lay a wreath at ground zero, they were very helpful in giving me advise and to also extend an invitation to go to Pearl harbour to also lay a wreath. Well done and hopefully one day we will get there
gear up does good for people around the world i will forever support them brotherhood around the world need gear and what gear up is doing for them is a good damn thing the crew in gear up screw these haters they just hate it cause your doing something good for the brothers that need you keep doing what your doing i know your 100% non profit so like i said your doing a good damn thing
This is a Great organization. Only good things. Goos stuff and people of God.