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Reliance Fire Museum

460 Elm Road

Estes Park, Colorado 80517

United States

Company Description

The Reliance Fire Museum is a 501(c)3 not for profit corporation dedicated to the restoration, display, and preservation of antique fire apparatus and related equipment. Founded in 1994 by Douglas Klink Jr, the Museum continues under his direction today ... more

Background Information

Employment History

Director

KVR Audio

President and Chief Executive Officer

TSM Inc.

Affiliations

Board Member
Estes Valley Fire Protection District

Board Member
Pension

Member
SPAAMFAA

Education

BS

Electrical Engineering

University of Wisconsin

Web References (105 Total References)


This is THE truck that started ...

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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.


Board of Directors | Estes Valley Fire Protection District

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Douglas Klink, President dougklink@gmail.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.


Board of Directors | Estes Valley Fire Protection District

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Douglas Klink, President dougklink@gmail.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.


When Estes Park's Doug Klink ...

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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".
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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!
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Doug founded the Reliance Fire Museum, which is located in Estes Park at 460 Elm Road.


Doug Klink of the ...

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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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