Українська Англійська

Historical stages of our University


The history of Lviv State University of Life Safety began on a small institution - Kyiv Fire Protection Courses for Officers of MIA. After the war the fire-fighting personnel  was completed mostly with the soldiers and officers, who returned from the front-line. In order to improve their professional level a number of training courses was organized. In particular, such courses started in October 1947 in Kyiv at the first  Noncommissioned Officer Academy of MIA of USSR. The training time was 10 months (for inspectors) and 15 months (for commanders of branches). Lieutenant colonel V.A. Dronov (Colonel from February 1948)in December 1947 was appointed as the Chief. Captain F.L. Belik and Lieutenant Colonel B.M. Gorbatenko were appointed as his deputiesOn April 18, 1948 the Courses got a Battle Flag and  on May 8, 1948 the personnel was brought to the military oath. The first graduation of 46 students took place in January 1949. This year the number of students was increased to 100 people with the training time of 11 months.

    In July 1951 the profile of training was changed and the Courses were renamed as Kiev Training Courses for Military Fire-Fighting Officers. After graduation cadets  got the rank of "sub-lieutenant".   Ya.G. Suhomlin, N.V. Kolesnikov, V.I. Razhildyeyev, D.A.Synytsya, S.M. Kozlov, N.N. Kondrashov, V. Finogenova, M.P. Trachuk and many others contributed  to the establishment and development of courses. Engineer Major  Ya.Ya. Shcherbina successfully combined  teaching with research and innovative developments. Thus, in 1951, he developed a system of water withdrawal and supply to the fire using ejector system. Such work was supported and praised by the MIA of USSR.

On July 22, 1952 MIA of USSR ordered to establish Kiev Fire-Technical School with 344 people of permanent staff and 840 students. That was an important historical landmark.

Сolonel O.T. Zamostyev was appointed the Head of the Kyiv School. Major V. M. Katunin, Colonel S.M. Zelenyuk and Colonel B.O. Donov became his deputies.

Cadets were chosen among civilian youth aged 18-23 years who had secondary education and respective state of health and also among sergeants and militarized privates  under 30 years old. In August and September 1952 first students were admitted to two divisions with the 2 years term of training. Сommandant divisions designated Мajor S.M. Kozlov was appointed the commandant of the 1st division (deputy - Lieutenant M.D. Holubeyko) and Major S.F.  Zahornov was appointed the commandant of the 2nd division (deputy - Major I .M. Batenkov).
   On November 1, 1952 the cadets began classes in 5 cycles: Cycle of Social Sciences (Lt. Col. A. Nikolaenko); Cycle of Fire Tactics (Major P.M. Platunov); Cycle of Fire Prevention (Major Ya.G. Suhomlin); Cycle of Fire Equipment (Major Ya.Ya. Shcherbyna) and Cycle of General Educational Developmentl (chief Captain M.V. Kolesnikov).

Cycle of Military Service was created in December 1953. It was led by the Major S.F. Zagornov. Lieutenant P.M. Desiatnikov  (future Major General of Internal Service, Head of the Main Department of Fire Protection of MIA of Ukraine) was the teacher of fire tactics. 
  The 11-month Courses were disbanded in June 1953. On August 30, 1953 all the personnel of the School was brought to a military oath. On on October 1  classes with three-year period of study started with new students .

In April 1954 85 students of the 2nd year of study were selected for early release from the School.
From May 4 till May 10, 1954 Kiev Fire-Technical School was redeployed to Lviv. It was renamed as Lviv Fire-Technical School of MIA of USSR. 
In 1955 Сolonel B. Ya Kolyadynskyi was appointed the Head of the School.  On July 12, 1955 the first graduation from School was held. 179 graduates got the special title "lieutenant-technician of internal service"..
The graduates of 1957 issued a new blue uniform without straps. Recognition marks were located on the tabs. This uniform was in use  only for a year. All students who entered the School in 1958 had secondary education.

   In 1959 the structure of the School was amended – the political department was eliminated; in 1960 22 officers and 6 sergeants were transferred to the category of employees. I

  In 1961 correspondence department was established at School. 75 students studied at three courses.

After relocation to Lviv School personnel put a lot of effort to reconstruct existing facilities, equip territory and make them well suited to the educational process. Ya.Ya. Shcherbyna, K.T. Tiptsov, I.G. Vorobyov, M.P. Trachuk, M.I. Melnychuk, V. Yermakov, T.I. Kalmykov, V. Burkin, A.P. Grachov, V.I. Zaikin, M.O. Tereshchuk, A.P. Dvoryantsev, V.M. Yakushev, V.P. Chyzhov, M.A. Horoshok and many others worked with enthusiasm and discipline of excellence. Their names are written in the history of our institution with golden letters.

In 1962 M.I. Popukaylo was introduced as a new Head of the School.  In 1965 the number of cadets was increased  and the period of study was shortened from three years to two and a half. Next year the School was subordinated to the Ministry of Public Order of USSR.

   In 1970 Colonel V.M. Zozulya changed M.I. Popukaylo in a position of the Head of the School  He initiated reconstruction of interior corridors, classrooms, laboratories and lecture halls.

In 1974 N.V. Sevruk was introduced as a new Head of the School. During the 1975-1980 a number of new certified positions were introduced.

From 19 June till 9 August 1980 as a part of a separate battalion 459 people provided fire safety facilities during the XXII Olympic Games in Moscow and Tallinn (where the regatta was held). For exemplary performance the School was awarded the Diploma by the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet and the Diploma by the Olympic Games Organizing Committee. 


In 1983, Colonel A.S. Kosivchenko became  the Head of the School. Under his leadership new measures to improve the material and technical base were introduced.

Between 1983 and 1988 the fourth floor of the main building was designed and built. Four divisions were located there. Many officers particularly distinguished themselves while building (R.I. Kostyuk, V. Zhelizko, A.M. Melnychuk, E. Ilnytskyy, O.N. Fitisov, M.T. Homyak, Z.V. Lavrivskyi, V.G. Minkovych, Ya.F. Kovalyshyn, V.M. Burylo, I.B. Fedyuk,  V. V. Kovalyshyn, B.S. Shtanhret, V.I. Hryp'yak, V.F. Caro and others. 

In March 1984 school changed over to a two-year training program and started to be equipped with persons under the age of 27, who had served in Military Forces.

In 1986 I.L . Bilenko, A.F. Lebid, M.V. Sudintsyn and 9 cadets took part in the  liqudation of Chornobyl accident. 


In 1988 a new training program  with the period of study 2 years and 10 months was introduced. 

From February 21, to  August 8 1989 the personnel of the School took part in the assignment of public order in Mountainous Karabagh. 
Historical and important for the institution became the order of the School of August 24, 1991 first published in Ukrainian "On the democratization of the educational process." Under this order of curriculum subjects withdrawn party-political orientation and banned the activities of all parties and political forces.

   Due to the untimely death of Colonel A.S. Kosivchenko in December 1991 B.M. Gritsay was appointed the Head of the School .
TIn 1991 Declaration of Independence of Ukraine was adopted. It 

was the turning point in the life of the whole state and of the School in particular. On July 31, 1991 the School was subordinated to MIA of Ukraine. In 1993 academic staff initiated teaching of all subjects in Ukrainian.
In 1993 the  the position of rector was introduced. Colonel B.M. Gritsay was reappointed to that position. In 1994 a training center was built in the Tsuniv village (Horodok district). There all the freshmen have their basic training. In 1995 the School got from Lviv Regional Administration a new flag with the Ukrainian symbols.
 B.M. Gritsay  also took the initiative to remove the warehouse to another location and to restore the chapel. On October 11, 1998 the Metropolitan of Lviv and Sokal Andrew consecrated the chapel as the Virgin of Mercy Church by the canons of Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Today the Church is the centre of spiritual life of the University. Liturgical services are held on Sundays and public holidays, involving not only cadets and students but also all interested persons

In January 1999 Colonel  M.M. Kozyar. was appointed the Rector of the School. A new stage of formation and development of our university started. On June 21, 2001:   Lviv Fire-Technical School of MIA of Ukraine was reorganized to Lviv Institute of Fire Safety of Ukraine according to Order of the Cabinet of Ministers. On January 27, 2003 the Institute was subordinated to the Ministry of Extraordinary Situations and Population Protection from the Consequences of Chornobyl Disaster according to the Decree of the President of Ukraine. With a focus on qualitative training of professionals for MES Departments, pursuing the aim to join the European Bologna Educational Standards on March 29, 2006 Lviv Institute of Fire Safety of MES of Ukraine was reorganized to Lviv State University of Life Safety. On June 1, 2009 the University became a member of the European Fire Service Colleges’ Association (EFSCA).

    Throughout its existence our institution has trained more than 30 thousand professionals. Our graduates adequately multiply glorious traditions of their native alma mater. Today many of them take leading positions in departments and units of SES of Ukraine and ex-USSR countries.


Contact information:

Our address: 35, Kleparivska St., Lviv

Our telephones:

теl. (032) 233-32-40 – man on duty in University

теl./fax (032) 233-00-88 – office

Our e-mail:

University Post