Family and personal relationships bring most volunteers into local fire companies.
Keeping them there and turning them into active firefighters and rescue personnel takes time and dedication. About half of them stay through the years-long process.
Southern End fire companies are working together to make the lengthy training process easier for new recruits.
Last year, Quarryville Fire Company's special division expanded their spring vendor and craft shows to two buildings at the Solanco Fairgrounds.
This year, the volunteers will also be using two buildings but replaced the Hoffman Building with one of the fair association's larger structures.
"We're going to be using the Kreider Building and Building #7," volunteer Meghan Cross said. "We have outgrown the Hoffman Building."
Members of Quarryville Fire Company's special division will be holding their first Easter flower sale on Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20.
An open house later this week will give community members a chance to tour Quarryville Fire Company's expanded station.
"We want to show the community what's been done," said fire company president James Herr.
The open house is the first the volunteers have held since they housed their ladder truck in 2003, he said.
For three years, crafters and vendors concentrated on jewelry, clothing, and items for the home.
This year, organizers of Quarryville Fire Company's annual spring vendor and craft show are trying to attract more customers.
"We wanted to add more outdoors and sportsman-type stuff," said special division vice president Danielle Worrell. One of this year's new vendors is the national sporting goods chain Cabela's.