Vinny Forras
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  • New York
  • United States
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Type of Organization
Emergency Management
Job Function
Other Senior Command Staff
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About Me:
Proud to have served my final role at Ground Zero immediately after the 911 attacks on freedom. Became disabled and retired 9 months after that service due to the exposures on site. Father of 3 great kids, two daughters, one college graduate, one in her 3rd year of college and one US MARINE. Married to my angel after September 11th and have 4 more kids, BRADY BUNCH!
Day Job:
Founder of Gear Up Foundation
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Why I Joined Fire/EMS
To do the right thing. To be an example to my children and to serve my community.
Why I Love Fire/EMS
Each day I am blessed to help others in need is a chance to pay tribute to our loved ones lost on 911.
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Proper training and equipment of those in need including the children in these communities who need to learn about fire prevention, safety and community service

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At 8:39pm on August 8, 2009, Jonathan Robinson said…
Hey brother...I hear ya. I totally understand. I am the type of person that prays and I will pray for you guys and pray for the firefighters everywhere who go out day after day doing great service. I will also pray for your friend John as I know it is a hard time.
At 8:05pm on August 6, 2009, Robert Nichols said…
If you hear anything new about john let me know Please. Have a good evenning.
At 5:34am on August 2, 2009, Rick Bibb said…
More than just friends ! Proud to call you my brother.
At 1:45am on July 30, 2009, Dean Hawkins said…
gday Vinny

about to take a look at what gear up is all about
At 1:12am on July 30, 2009, Richard Ordonez said…
Hi Vinny, Thanks for adding.
At 10:11pm on January 12, 2009, virgilio chan fernandez said…
Yes Sir! thank you for your response. i already saw your address and fone nos. in your website,(i will call in thenext days) also your most of your videos,their interview to you, including the work of GearUpPhils. in Mandaue City,Cebu Phils. Your Foundation is Awesome and God-based, i hope i can be a part of it in the near future. I Hope your recovering fast, your son is also a hero like you.Regards and Godbless your whole Family!
At 8:22pm on January 12, 2009, virgilio chan fernandez said…
Sir Vinny, good evening! i did not notice,but you also live here in New York. I am residing here in Corona,Queens,NY too. Can i meet you anytime this week, coz i'm a little free with my time in my job these past few weeks. Because i wish to discuss with you important things about your noble Project, And what is your address, or where can we meet? Thank you very much!
At 4:09pm on August 22, 2008, Daniel Pearson said…
Hey Vinny, did my buddy Jim Long get a hold of you yet regarding transporting the gear?
At 11:17pm on August 10, 2008, Dan Moynihan said…
Hey Vinny,
How we doing Brother?
At 9:27pm on August 7, 2008, virgilio chan fernandez said…
Good evening Sir Vinny! remember me Virgilio,from Phil.-Chinese Fire Volunteer from the Phils. I'm still here in Queens,NY. Now a member of Corona Community Ambulance Volunteer Corp. WELCOME to FirefighterNation...I've saw you on your GearUp site pictures,you and your Foundation are AWESOME! i hope to be part of your GREAT DEEDS.Hope to see you soon.

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