Fire Science | Butler Community College

Fire Science

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JOIN OUR FIRE SCIENCE ACADEMY! Start in August or January!

16-WEEK FIRE ACADEMY. Attend four days a week, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and earn four certifications and 1/3 of the two-year degree in one semester.

Train with the best Fire Science program in the state

Train to be one of 16,000 firefighters in Kansas. At Butler, you learn from active firefighters as you control real fires. Through hands-on experience in the college’s state-of-the-art training tower, you are exposed, first-hand, to a variety of elements – including rope rescue, forcible entry and fire evolutions. You also have the opportunity to live in the fire station by applying for Kansas’ only Fire Science Residency Program.

Kansas Promise Act Scholarship Eligible

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A Premier Program with Butler Only Advantages

There are lots of reason's we're considered the premier program in the state. Make no mistake: Butler's Fire Science program is considered elite and provides several advantages for our graduates, including:

Exclusive Training Tower Used by the Pros & Butler students

Fire science student trains on the fire science training tower

The training tower was built by Butler Community College, the El Dorado Fire Department and the City of El Dorado. It is three stories tall with a rooftop, allows fire science students to train more extensively in a realistic environment. Components of the tower include a burn room, smoke features and simulation for high rise evacuations. This state of the art facility allows consistent and year-round training opportunities for not only Butler fire science students, but also professional firefighters from the region.

Kansas’ only Fire Science Residency Program

Fire Science ResidencyButler's Fire Science residency program is so unique it is the only one of its kind in the state of Kansas. As part of our partnership with the El Dorado Fire Department, our program offers the opportunity to work alongside professional firefighters. You won't just study in a hands-on learning environment: you'll live it. Residents have specific shifts to gain on-the-job experiences you won't find anywhere else.



ICYMI: Fire Science is Eligible for the Kansas Promise Scholarship + Butler Advantage

Kansas Promise Scholarship LogoKicking off 2021, students qualifying for the Kansas Promise Scholarship can now go after their two-year fire science degree and have their costs for tuition, fees and books paid for by the state. That’s right – tuition, fees and books at no out-of-pocket cost. This revolutionary $10 million program only gets better with the Butler Advantage – quality fire science education respected by employers. Get the Butler Advantage! Visit our Kansas Promise Act webpage to review scholarship qualifications, learn about the application process, and check out other eligible programs.




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Estimated Tuition for Fire Science: $9,140**

Tuition Total: $6,437.50
Student Fees Total: $1,687.50
Course Fees Total: $1,015

**This includes two years of tuition and student fees based on being a Kansas Resident and taking 65 credit hours. Registration fee of $15 each semester not included. Technology Access Charge not included. Housing and meal plans not included. Fees may vary depending on specific electives.