Joseph Pred is an emergency and risk manager who has specialized in public safety for events and temporary mass gatherings since 1993. With an academic background in management, he’s been a licensed EMS provider since 1994 and holds a host of certifications including from FEMA, OSHA, POST, and Rapport Leadership International. He has additional training and experience in crisis intervention, mental health, harm reduction, law enforcement, dispatching, communications technology, and fire fighting.
Since 2000, Joseph has owned and operated Mutual Aid Response Services (MARS) and Mutual Aid Risk & Safety, the risk management branch of MARS.
In addition to his experience with MARS, Joseph founded the Emergency Services Department at Burning Man in 1998, working for 18 years in this unique environment until his retirement in November 2013. In that time, 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, and disaster contingency planning.
Joseph has also served two terms on the San Francisco Entertainment Commission as Public Health Commissioner (2003 – 2004) and as a subject matter expert on an 8 year long Federally funded research project developing harm reduction strategies and training for the entertainment industry. He also has served as the executive advisor for the harm reduction non-profit the PLUR Angels since 2016.
Joseph is also the author of three books, ‘The Essential Pandemic Survival Guide,’ ‘The Emergency Survival Manual’ and ‘Show Me How To Survive,’ as well as a contributing author to the ‘Festival Throwers Bible’. He has also written numerous articles and is available for public speaking engagements as well as media appearances regarding emergency and risk management, temporary mass gatherings, and his experiences working with festivals such as Burning Man or other unique risks.
Contact Joseph to arrange an appearance.