"The purpose of this research was to explore the diversity of Daphne Fire Department (DFD) based on gender and race. The problem was that the workforce of the DFD did not reflect the demographics of the population served. The descriptive research method was used to investigate how the level of diversity of the DFD compared to other Alabama fire departments, what recruiting methods had been successfully used by other Alabama fire departments, and which internal and external factors were preventing female and minority applicants from pursuing firefighting positions. The procedures used for this research included an external survey of career/combination fire departments throughout the state of Alabama. The external survey was used to determine if the demographic disparity experienced by the DFD was an isolated problem, or if it existed throughout the state. It also investigated which factors were preventing female and minority applicants from pursuing firefighter positions. The purpose of the internal questionnaire was to determine what internal factors and job requirements uniformed DFD personnel saw as being a deterrent to these applicants."
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency, Learning Resource Center: http://www.lrc.fema.gov/