Local fire department competing for Aviva Community Fund prize

The Maitland & District Volunteer Fire Department is hoping to rally a lot of support -- and votes -- for its submission in the latest Aviva Community Fund competiton.

It has entered the Big Ideas category of the online competition in hopes of winning up to $100,000 to help replace its fire bays and the floors in the community hall, build a retaining wall to protect the fire hall from erosion and build an addition with meeting space and much-needed washroom facilities.

Voting is underway on the Aviva Community Fund website and will wrap up Thursday, October 4.

The ten ideas that receive the most votes will move on to the Judging Round, where the three ideas with the highest scores will each receive a $100,000 prize.

The remaining seven ideas will each receive a consolation prize of $15,000.

The winners will be announced November 20.