Joseph Pred has been working in a variety of operational, risk and emergency management roles since 1989 and has actively specialized in public safety with special events and temporary mass gatherings since 1993. In addition to owning and managing Mutual Aid Response Services (MARS) since 2000, Joseph founded Burning Man's Emergency Services Department in 1996 and had 18 years experience working in this unique environment until leaving the organization in November of 2013. He served as the Chief of Department and Risk Manager for the temporary city's 911 emergency response system, including fire fighting, EMS, communications, emergency dispatch, government relations, and safety. Because of his expertise in temporary mass gatherings, Joseph was appointed as a Commissioner on the San Francisco Entertainment Commission in 2003, holding the public health seat, and was reappointed for an additional four year term in 2005.

Joseph holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Management and has been a licensed Emergency Medical Technician since 1993. He also has host of specialized certifications, including from FEMA, OSHA, POST, and Rapport Leadership International. Additionally he has training and experience in crisis intervention, mental health, law enforcement, dispatching, communications technology, and fire safety. Joseph is also an author and regularly speaks at conferences on matters of public safety, risk, and temporary mass gatherings.