Doug Clink Announces Candidacy For Fire Board
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. “Creative solutions to the current low level of volunteers on the department are needed immediately.” He added, “The new Fire Code is negatively impacting needed business and community improvements and needs to be rationalized to reflect the needs of our community and help ensure a balanced approach to community growth and safety.”
Another Estes Park firefighter, Mark Igel, is also running for an open seat on the board. “Mark has a wealth of experience in the fire department and our community, and would be a strong addition to the board,” said Klink. “I would urge you to take the time to vote in the coming election.”
The election will be held May 8th at the Dannels Fire Station, located at 901 N. St. Vrain. Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mail-in ballots will not be distributed, and voters must come to the fire station to vote.
For more information, visit Klink’s campaign website at www.dougklink.info or contact him by phone at 970-577-1953 in the evenings.