Fire Science Residency Program

Live the experience and learn on-the-job.

Butler's Fire Science residency program is the only one of its kind in Kansas. In partnership with the El Dorado Fire Department, we provide a unique and exciting opportunity for students in our Fire Science program. Living in the newly-built Fire Station No. 2 in El Dorado, the program provides students with a hands-on learning environment along with college-level instruction and community education seminars.

Ten students are selected for residency and may reside in the station for the duration of their studies or as long as they maintain eligibility. Each student is assigned to a specific municipal fire department in and around El Dorado and are classified as a volunteer firefighter. Residents are assigned specific shifts to gain on-the-job experiences.


Butler Fire Science Emergency Service Training Center/Fire Station No. 2
2610 W. 6th Ave.
El Dorado, KS 67042 

Fees and Requirements

Housing Fees

  • Spring and Fall $850
  • Summer $600
  • These fees do not include a meal plan

Student must be at least 18 years of age as well as possess and maintain a valid Kansas Driver's License.

Be enrolled in the Fire Science program and maintain a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. However, to complete an Associates at Butler in 2 years you will likely need to be enrolled in 15 or 16 credits each semester.

Maintain a 2.5 GPA per semester.

Possess IFSAC-approved Firefighter I Certificate OR be currently enrolled in Firefighter I (FS 100) and successfully pass the KFTRI Firefighter I Exam prior to the next consecutive semester.