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Trina Jiles was the first Black woman firefighter in Clark County. This is her story

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Trina Jiles was the first Black woman firefighter in Clark County. This is her story

By Marcella Corona via https://www.rgj.com/

Editor’s note: The story was corrected to show that Trina Jiles, 48, was the first Black woman firefighter in Clark County and the second in the state of Nevada. 

rina Jiles felt like she could conquer anything whenever she put on her fire gear. 

She was confident and fearless, despite being a “girly-girl”—as she jokingly described herself. 

Jiles was the first Black woman in Clark County to become a firefighter and the second in the state. She was just 22 years old when she joined the Clark County Fire Department (the largest in the state) in January 1996. 

“It was, by far, the most challenging thing I’ve done in my life,” Jiles, now 48, said in a recent interview.

Jiles, who is now a retired arson…

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