ABOUT US

Who We Are

Priority One Safe-T, LLC is  firefighter-owned and operated and  staffed with first responder professionals having collectively over 150 years of real world experience in emergency response and rescue.


We offer standby rescue services, instructor-led safety and rescue training, hands-on  scenario-based training,  and emergency management consulting services for Industrial and  Municipal Fire Service. 


We also provide safety and rescue  equipment from the leading manufacturers in the safety industry.  We specialize in outfitting fall protection, tower rescue, confined space and rope rescue equipment for Industrial Emergency Response Teams,  Fire Departments, and Rope Access Technicians. 


Priority One Safe-T, LLC is a member of ISNet and carries an "A" grade rating.

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Leadership Team

Chris Koester, Founder

Chris Koester, Founder

Chris Koester, Founder

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Chris Koester, owner and President of Priority One Safe-T, LLC, has over 21 years of service in the Public Fire Service field, is a certified Fire Instructor II and holds numerous firefighting and instructor certifications.


Chris is a Hazardous Materials Technician for the Homeland Security Regional Response Team for Southwest Missouri Region D and a member of the Southwest Missouri Incident Support Team, the Hazardous Materials Training and Research Institute (HMTRI), Partnership for Environmental Technology Education (PETE) and Community College Consortium for Health & Safety Training (CCCHST). 


Chris is also a training instructor for Northeast Tech Rescue Center of Oklahoma and the University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute, and a consultant to the largest Urea Ammonium Nitrate (UAN) manufacturer in the U.S. and several other manufacturers that have oversight from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security by virtue of the products manufactured.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Missouri Southern State University.

Dave Carter

Chris Koester, Founder

Chris Koester, Founder

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Dave Carter has over 20 years of experience in the Public Fire Service field and is a Hazardous Materials Technician for the Homeland Security Regional Response Team for Southwest Missouri Region D and a member of the Southwest Missouri Incident Support Team. 


Dave is experienced and certified in numerous types of rescue and a certified Fire and Safety Instructor. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Drury University.

David Horton

Brian Schafer

Brian Schafer

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David Horton has over 30 years of experience in Public Fire Service and is a certified Hazardous Materials Technician, Hazardous Materials Incident Commander, Emergency Medical Technician, Confined Space Rescue and Hazard Threat Assessment.


After 30 years of service, David retired at the rank of Battalion Chief for the Claremore, OK Fire Department in 2015. Serving as Incident Commander for the last 23 years of his career, David was in charge of day to day operations, large scale emergency incidents and training & deployment of the Level A Hazardous Materials team and the Region 2 State of Oklahoma response team. 


David served on the International Fire Service Training (FSTA) committees for Essentials of Firefighting, Hazardous Material for the First Responder Operations Level, and Occupational Health and Safety for the Firefighter, and the State of Oklahoma HLS committee for the inception of a state region response system to Hazardous Materials and terrorist events in the State of Oklahoma. 

Brian Schafer

Brian Schafer

Brian Schafer

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