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Board of Directors | Estes Valley Fire Protection District
Douglas Klink, President
email@example.com Doug Klink has lived in Estes Park since 2003 with his wife and 2 children. Treasurer Klink is an Antique Fire Engine restorer for KVR LLC, and is the Director of Reliance Fire Museum.
This is THE truck that started it all for the Reliance Fire Museum... Founder Doug Klink grew up across the street from the station that this truck worked out of.
As a young boy, he spent time at the station cleaning and helping out with this truck. As a young adult he would begin his volunteer firefighting career, and ended up purchasing this truck at a sealed bid sale when it was retired in 1989.
When Estes Park's Doug Klink was nine years old, his family moved into a home across the street from the Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin fire station.
The station housed three 1950s fire engines, all manufactured by the Seagrave Company of Columbus, Ohio. The two pumpers and one ladder truck provided fire protection for the 17,000 residents of the suburb of Milwaukee. The firemen became a second family for Doug, and he spent time polishing and helping with the mechanical upkeep of the trucks. In 1979, while in college, he joined the volunteer fire department in Charlottesville, Virginia and has been a volunteer firefighter ever since, including volunteering in Estes Park since 2002. After Doug and his family moved away from Whitefish Bay, the trucks were sold off one by one. In 1989, Doug was living in Kansas City, Missouri when he got a call from his Mother, who still lived in Whitefish Bay. She told Doug that an ad in the Whitefish Bay paper announced that the Village was auctioning off the last of the three Seagrave fire trucks, including the 1956 1000 gallon per minute pumper. Doug recalls the sale: "They asked for a minimum bid of $3,000 but I thought that was too much, so I bid $1,500". A few weeks passed and Doug forgot about the bid. Then the phone rang and he was informed that he was the only bidder and that the truck was his. Doug remembers: "I flew to Milwaukee with some tools in a suitcase. I installed 100 feet of new spark plug wire, changed the oil and was ready to drive it the 600 miles to Kansas City. The only problem was that it was July and temperatures were 100 degrees across Iowa. Regardless, the truck performed flawlessly at its top speed of 55 mph. With frequent stops to cool off the crew, the trip took Doug and a friend almost 20 hours! Doug founded the Reliance Fire Museum, which is located in Estes Park at 460 Elm Road.
Pension Board Of Directors | Estes Valley Fire Protection District
Douglas Klink, Presidentdougklink@gmail.com
Museum director Doug Klink, an Estes Park volunteer firefighter, was operating a pumper at the fire when the Chief called for ladder trucks from Loveland and Boulder, about 40 minutes away.
Estes Park's 75' LTI ladder truck, Ladder 6, was already operating at the fire, protecting the historic Mall Theater building. It was clear more aerial streams were needed. Doug radioed the Chief and asked if the Snorkel could help and the Chief replied that it would be welcome so Doug brought it to the scene, where it operated at 1000 gpm for about 5 hours, helping to slow the spread of the blaze until the other ladder trucks could arrive.