Waters Hired to Direct Fire and EMS Training
By Rob Goldberg Jr.
PCC Media Relations Director
WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College didn’t have to go far to find the ideal candidate to oversee its fire and emergency services training programs, selecting Greenville native Bryant Waters for the role last month.
As director of Fire and EMS Training programs, Waters will oversee all fire, emergency medical services (Basic, Intermediate, and Paramedic) and emergency management courses offered through PCC’s Continuing Education & Community Development Division.
For the 31-year-old Waters, it’s the continuation of a lifelong interest in public safety that began with his father, Leonard, who retired as captain of the City of Greenville Fire/Rescue Department in 2011, after 31 years of service.
“As a child, I knew I wanted to follow in my dad's footsteps,” Waters said. “… He taught me the values of hard work, dedication and determination.”
Guided by his father’s example, Waters began his public safety career with Greenville’s Staton House Volunteer Fire Department in 1998. Four years later, he joined Greenville Fire/Rescue as a professional firefighter/paramedic before moving on to the N.C. Department of Insurance in 2006 to serve as a fire rating inspector with the Office of the State Fire Marshall.
Waters, who has also worked as a paramedic supervisor with Pitt County Emergency Management and as an emergency management instructor with Nash Community College, earned an associate degree in Fire Protection Technology from Wilson Community College in 2005. Six years later, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Fire Science from Fayetteville State University.
Waters has also completed professional courses through the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Md., and is a North Carolina-certified fire and EMS instructor. He serves on the executive board of the Eastern Carolina Firefighter Association and is an active member of the N.C. State Firemen’s Association, N.C. Association of Rescue and E.M.S., Inc., and N.C. Association of Fire Chiefs.
“I enjoy working in public safety,” Waters said. “It is personally satisfying to know that I can make a positive difference in people’s lives.”
Waters says his goal at Pitt is to establish his program as a model training institution for individuals interested in fire, EMS and emergency management careers.
“Pitt Community College has some great resources and is dedicated to training first responders locally and regionally,” he said. “I want our students to achieve the level of education they desire in whatever training area they are pursuing. And I want our graduates to be fully equipped with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need to gain employment in a public safety field, or, if they are already employed, to give them the training they need for success with their organization.”
Away from the office, Waters dedicates much of his time to his wife, Bridgett, and their two daughters – Lorelai and Gracyn. They are active members of St. James United Methodist Church in Greenville.
Waters also spends a good deal of his free time on the gridiron. He has been a high school football official for 13 years and recently worked the North Carolina 2AA high school football championship, which was held at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan Stadium. He has also worked as an NCAA football official for five years and is a member of the East Carolina Football Officials Association, Old Dominion Athletic Conference, and USA South Athletic Conference.