OFTC holds active shooter evacuation drill

Sandersville, GA – Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) hosted active shooter training for its faculty and staff on Tuesday, August 16th at its Sandersville campus on Deepstep Road.

The exercise was facilitated by OFTC in conjunction with its first responder agencies: Sandersville Police Department, Dublin Police Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County Emergency Medical Service, Washington County Emergency Management, Sandersville/Washington County Fire Department, and Washington County 911 Center. The event was coordinated by Mark Rogers, OFTC’s Chief of Security & Facilities, and included training with deputies from the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia State Patrol.

Officials and responders from other local agencies, as well as member of the Washington County Board of Education and Brentwood School, 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.

Dr. Lloyd Horadan, OFTC’s President, expressed his 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 Horadan. “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.”