Target: Travis Brown, Las Cruces, New Mexico Fire Chief
Goal: Stop looking for reasons to terminate firefighter for allowing his wife to wear his fire jacket in a professional photo shoot.
A New Mexico firefighter is facing disciplinary action, including possible termination, after his wife wore his fire jacket during a professional photo shoot. In the photo, she is wearing the jacket while breastfeeding their son. Photographer Tara Ruby took the photo as part of series of photos aimed at inspiring mothers to continue nursing while juggling demanding jobs. Ruby says the woman in this photo is a representation of all moms who are firefighters and continue breastfeeding despite the demands of the job.
The Las Cruces fire department’s uniform policy does not explicitly prohibit a firefighter’s spouse from wearing the fire uniform. Ruby believes the efforts to reprimand the woman’s firefighter husband are a negative reaction to breastfeeding. Demand the fire department stop seeking ways to discipline one of their own and instead show support for his wife and new baby.
Dear Chief Brown,
The proud wife of one of your firefighters is also a new mom. She believes in the benefits of breastfeeding and wished to help promote strong, career women and their ability to continue breastfeeding despite demanding jobs. To do this, she participated in a photo shoot during which she wore her husband’s fire jacket and breastfed their baby boy.
Now, this firefighter faces disciplinary action despite the fact that department policies do not prohibit spouses from wearing the fire uniform. We demand the department stop harassing its fellow officer and instead support him, his growing family, and their commitment to infant health and women’s rights.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Tara Ruby