On Wednesday 7 March just after 10.00 p.m., train W587 was approaching Lawson station with the eighth carriage roof engulfed in flames.
Lithgow train guard Greg Norris acted in a professional and efficient manner.
Greg made an announcement to customers to evacuate the train at the platform. He then walked through the train on two occasions to make sure that there were no passengers left on board.
Greg was the only person injured and transported to hospital with smoke inhalation. I thank the Rail, Tram and Bus Union in its care for Greg.
I thank Greg Norris and all our train guards. This incident has once again highlighted the critical role of the train guard.
We need our train guards. They perform critical security and safety roles in emergencies, and on the train between stations and on platforms—to name just a few tasks.
Today I recognise Greg and all train guards.
Customer safety should never be compromised.