Joseph Tedesco, KC2DKP

WNY Section Emergency Coordinator, SEMO Region 5 RACES Officer

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After being interested in electronics and radio communications at an early age, Joe became a licensed ham in 1998 and found an interest in emergency communications and ARES/RACES.  Joe is a Life Member of the ARRL and is also listed as an Official Emergency Station, He holds a General class Amateur Radio license; he is also licensed in the United States Navy-Marine Corp MARS communications system.  Joe served many years as a firefighter in Newton-Abbott Fire Department in the Town of Hamburg and also as a member of the Southtowns Hazardous Materials Response Team holding various firefighting certifications including FEMA ICS/NIMS training.  He is a sitting member of the International Joint Commission on terrorism, member of the Western New York Southern Ontario repeater council and is the owner of the KC2DKP repeater in Perrysburg New York as well as being active with the Red Cross Disaster Communications team.  After many years working with ARES/RACES at various events and in multiple positions Joe was appointed as the Western New York Section Emergency Coordinator covering the 30 western counties of New York State and the New York SEMO Region 5 RACES Officer in 2005, both positions he currently holds along with being an assistant RACES officer and assistant emergency coordinator for Erie County ARES/RACES.