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OFTC holds active shooter evacuation drill
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OFTC holds active shooter evacuation drill

Dublin, GA - Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) hosted active shooter training for its faculty and staff on Monday, December 15th in the Livingston Hall building of the Dublin campus on Pinehill Road.

The exercise was conducted by the Dublin Police Department and Mark Rogers, OFTC's Safety and Security Coordinator, and included training with deputies from the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia State Patrol. Officials and responders from other local agencies were also in attendance.

As a component of the College’s Emergency Operations Plan, this training provided valuable knowledge and insight for the faculty and staff, providing key information to enhance preparedness in the unlikely event of a violent attack. It was an excellent opportunity to learn from local law enforcement professionals and first responders.

The classroom session provided historical information, as well as, current training on how to respond in the event of an attack.

The scenario that followed included a role player as the ‘shooter’ and responding officers. Faculty and staff were sent back their classrooms and offices to react to the shooter as they had been taught in the classroom session. The shooter moved through the building until he was confronted by responding officers. Once the scenario ended everyone returned to the classroom for a review of the exercise and an open discussion between all participants was held.

Beth Crumpton, OFTC's Provost, expressed her gratitude to the employees and to each of the law enforcement agencies and first responders for carrying out such a well-planned exercise.

"Our college places the safety of its students and employees as a top priority," explained Crumpton. "We value the participation of law enforcement in these exercises to better prepare our faculty, staff, and students and to evaluate the effectiveness of our crisis management system.” 

Crumpton indicated that additional exercises of this nature are being planned for each of the campuses of the college in 2015.

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