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This profile was last updated on 11/16/15  and contains information from public web pages.

Antique Fire Engine Restorer

Local Address:  United States
KVR Audio
P.O. Box 620323
Woodside , California 94062
United States


Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • BS , Electrical Engineering
    University of Wisconsin
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Board of Directors | Estes Valley Fire Protection District, 16 Nov 2015 [cached]
Douglas Klink, President
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.
When Estes Park's Doug Klink ..., 1 Oct 2011 [cached]
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, 16 Nov 2015 [cached]
Douglas Klink,
Doug Klink has announced ..., 19 Aug 2014 [cached]
Doug Klink has announced he is a candidate for Director in the upcoming Estes Valley Fire Protection District Election.
A volunteer firefighter since 1979, Klink has served on five different departments in Virginia, Wisconsin, MIssouri, and Colorado. He joined the Estes Park Volunteer Fire Department in 2002 immediately after moving to Estes Park with his wife Cheryl and their two children from Parkville, Missouri. Klink's experience in a variety of fire departments gives him a unique understanding of the operation of volunteer departments. He has an in depth understanding of the importance of recruiting and retaining good volunteers, as well as working with the business community to encourage businesses to allow their employees to take time to serve the community when needed.
Klink has a deep background in business operations and finance, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BS in Electrical Engineering. After working for General Motors Locomotive Division after college, Klink founded and operated TSM Inc., a railroad electronics firm located in Kansas City, Missouri. "Our company grew from three employees to more than 130 employees in ten years," said Klink. "I learned first hand the importance of fiscal responsibility, and how critical it is to develop creative solutions to motivate your team to meet the daily challenges of operating a business."
After selling TSM to Rockwell International and serving as a Rockwell Division Vice President, Doug left the corporate world to focus on his passion of restoring antique fire engines. He currently operates KVR LLC, an antique fire engine restoration facility located at 460 Elm Road in Estes Park, as well as the Reliance Fire Museum at the same address. Fire engines from the 1900s to the 1960s are restored to standards that allowed one of the engines to help fight the Park Theater Mall Fire in October of 2009.
Since joining the Estes Park Volunteer Fire Department in 2002, Klink has served as the department's elected Engineering Officer, responsible for training the operators of the department's pumpers and ladder truck. He also served on the committee to purchase the department's newest pumper, providing valuable technical knowledge balanced with fiscal restraint.
Klink believes the Estes Valley Fire District faces significant challenges over the next several years. "I'm concerned that the current direction of the board is headed towards a tax increase request in 2014 due to unrealistic expectations of the service levels that Estes Valley residents expect and are willing to pay for," said Klink.
"Mark has a wealth of experience in the fire department and our community, and would be a strong addition to the board," said Klink.
For more information, visit Klink's campaign website at or contact him by phone at 970-577-1953 in the evenings.
LINKS, 25 April 2006 [cached]
Doug Klink of the Reliance Fire Museum and Firetruck Restoration Facility maintains a website that documents the restoration of a 1928 American-LaFrance as well as museum and company information.
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