Alpha Rail’s ability to fabricate bespoke metalwork was demonstrated recently following an unusual request from an officer of Carlton Road Fire Station.
As part of the fire brigades’ commitment to be involved in their local community and in support of their corporate social responsibility plan, officers had agreed to take part in a charity chariot race.
Officers had built a kart made out of old fire equipment, and had hit a snag when it came to wheels for the kart as the materials it was constructed from meant it had become really heavy. Fire officer Ian Mason turned to his brother Neil Mason, Alpha Rail’s contract manager for inspiration.
In an act of charity, Alpha Rail measured the chariot frame and designed wheels that would support the weight of the kart as well as be suitable for standard tyre sizes. The result was an amazing set of snazzy four spoke ‘rims’ that the creators of the infamous TV Programme ‘Pimp My Ride’ would be proud of!
Commenting Fire Officer, Ian Mason, said, “The officers taking part are extremely grateful to Alpha Rail for helping us complete our chariot. Taking part in community events is an important part of life as a fire officer. Teams like to get involved whilst not on active service and it’s an invaluable way to reach out and convey fire prevention and safety messages in a way that makes the fire brigade more approachable. It also helps to inspire people to consider a career in the fire service.”
Hundreds of people lined the streets of Scarcliffe to watch the third soapbox derby. Thirty-five teams – including six juniors – took part in the charity event, racing in a variety of homemade contraptions as they crashed and collided to the finishing line.
The event raises money for Ashgate Hospice in Chesterfield and CLIC Sargent, which helps children with cancer. Last year’s derby raised more than £16,500 for the charities – and although organisers are still totting up this year’s total, more than £5,500 was raised from the raffle and tombola and £1,000-plus from cake sales. The winning adult team was the Scarcliffe Outlaws, while the junior race was won by Chuck E Cheese.
Carlton Fire Station is based on Manor Road, Carlton, and is staffed by 28 wholetime firefighters spread across four watches, Red, White, Blue & Green.