Fire Science Residency Program | Butler Community College

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, this program provides you a unique and exciting opportunity to work alongside professional firefighters. By living in the newly-built Fire Station in El Dorado, you study in a hands-on learning environment.

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 is classified as a volunteer firefighter. Residents are assigned specific shifts to gain on-the-job experiences.


Butler Fire Science Emergency Service Training Center
2610 W. 6th Ave.
El Dorado, KS 67042 


Students 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 Associate Degree at Butler in two years, you will likely need to enroll in 15 or 16 credits each semester.
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA per semester.
  • Possess IFSAC-approved Firefighter I Certification OR be currently enrolled in Firefighter I (FS 100) within one year of beginning the residency program and successfully pass the KFTRI Firefighter I Exam prior to the next consecutive semester.


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