Why do fire engines respond to car accidents, even when they didn’t look serious?

The Marlborough Fire Department responds to all accidents where there is suspected injury to occupants of the vehicle. When a call is received at the Public Safety Communications Center, quite often the caller does not know if any injuries have occurred as a result of the accident. Even minor accidents cause "whiplash" or other injuries. Sometimes, the reason for the accident is a medical condition that caused the operator to lose control of their vehicle. To that end, all accidents are considered serious and require a response of medical personnel. The Fire Department also has a stake in the protection of the environment. The department supervises the clean-up of fuels, oils and coolants that may affect our natural resources.