CEng BEng CFIFireE, Managing Director Fire Safety Platform
Mike Hagen is a founding member and Managing Director of Fire Safety Platform. Mike worked for more than 33 years in the Fire and Rescue Service in the UK. For 9 years he was Deputy Chief in the Metropolitan area of Merseyside (a region that includes the city of Liverpool) and led the change in focus for the fire service that saw them apply the same skill and energy to community fire safety as they did to the all-important emergency response. The core of the philosophy was that a fire service has unique access to those most vulnerable to fire by virtue of the position of trust a firefighter has in local communities; they can visit people in the home to help apply simple measures to reduce risk.
This ground-breaking work in community fire safety led to him being invited by fellow fire professionals to speak of his experiences and the lessons learned in many venues across Europe and further afield. Meeting others who are committed to fire safety has helped Mike create a wide fire network on which the Fire Safety Platform is built. Through this network he has become a safety expert panel member of Busworld an organisation that promotes bus and coach travel.
Mike has a first class degree in fire engineering and is a Chartered Engineer; he is a Companion Fellow of the Institute of Fire Engineers where he has been a member for over 30 years.
Mike is also passionate about the people and mountains of the Himalayas. He is chair of the trustees who run a small charity called Classrooms in the Clouds that is dedicated to working with local communities to improve the education chances for children in the very poor country of Nepal. He regularly visits the area and enjoys trekking through the mountains. Mike is married to Sarah and has 3 grown up children.