René R. Hagen (1959), after studying civil engineering, graduated as a fire-officer at the then National Fire Service Academy. Besides many courses in the field of fire fighting and fire prevention, he studied Dutch law at the Open University and went on to receive a Master of Public Administration at the Netherlands School for Public Administration. He is currently Professor of Fire Safety at the Fire Service Academy of the Institute for Safety. He is also Chair of the advisory board of the National Fire Prevention Week Association and member of the advisory board of the minister of Internal Affairs, regarding the use of fire safety regulations in practise.
He spent 30 years in the fire service in The Hague and Amsterdam. In 2000, he joined the Institute for Safety, where he filled various positions until his appointment as Professor of Fire Safety. He worked on the studies relating to the fire works disaster in the Dutch town of Enschede, the pub fire in Volendam and the fire in the detention centre at Schiphol-Oost.
He has also participated in many working parties and committees in the field of fire prevention, enforcement and building regulations. He lectures and develops curricula in these disciplines and gives lectures in this field at home and abroad. He regularly publishes books and articles on his specialisation, fire prevention. He initiated the introduction of outcome control with fire safety, the application of home sprinkler systems and the production of incombustible TV sets in Europe.