Montana University System grants deadline extension for student firefighters


MISSOULA, Mont. - The Montana University System has granted a two-week extension for student firefighters.

University of Montana and Montana State University are giving student firefighters extensions to meet registration, financial aid, housing and other deadlines.

"With the severity of the wildfires we've heard that a number of students are being mobilized on the fire line," said UM Interim Registrar Joseph Hickman.  "We're not sure what the impact is going to be on our student population but we just wanted to give them an opportunity."

Hickman added that students need to return to school as soon as possible.

UM student firefighters are asked to call (406) 243-6599 by Sunday, August 25. The number is in operation 24 hours a day. Students will be asked to provide their name, student identification number, the name of the agency they're working for and whether they're scheduled to move into University housing.  

MSU students are asked to call the Dean of Students at (406) 994-2826.

The extension applies to all students working in the firefighting effort, including those providing support services for fire crews, as well as National Guard members and other military personnel.

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