About MARS

Agency & Community Experience

Our team have professional experience dealing with municipal, county, state, and federal agencies, both locally in Northern California, and across the globe. Examples include extensive experience with the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Offices of Emergency Services, and public agencies, departments, and commissions involved in permitting, public health, and planning.

Our staff and leaders also have personal and professional experience with the communities we serve. Many of those communities are connected with the arts, electronic dance music and Burning Man.

Joseph Pred, Founder and CEO

Joseph Pred
Joseph Pred
Joseph Pred is an emergency and risk manager 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 operations and Mutual Aid Risk & Safety consulting since 2000, Joseph founded Burning Man's Emergency Services Department in 1998 and had 18 years experience working in this unique environment until his retirement 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, emergency medical services (EMS), communications, emergency dispatch, government relations, safety, disaster and contingency planning. Because of his expertise, Joseph served two terms as a Commissioner on the San Francisco Entertainment Commission starting in 2003 where he held the public health seat. Additionally he served for three years as a delegate of the Event Safety Alliance, representing the non-profit trade association at conferences and other public functions.

Joseph has an academic background in management and has been a licensed EMS provider 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 fighting. Joseph is also an author and regularly speaks at conferences on matters of public safety, risk management, and temporary mass gatherings.