Acadian Ambulance Service

It began with three young cofounders, two ambulances, eight medics and the Parish of Lafayette.


In 1971, Acadian Ambulance began operations in response to a sudden crisis. Communities around the country found themselves without emergency medical transportation when new federal regulations caused funeral homes to discontinue using their hearses for emergency transport. These regulations went into effect at midnight on September 1, 1971. At 12:01 a.m., Acadian Ambulance began its Louisiana operations with three young co-founders, two ambulances, eight medics, and the parish of Lafayette.

Company History

Knowing Life Matters Since 1971


The company had very humble beginnings as Richard Zuschlag and his cofounders answered calls, drove ambulances, swept the headquarters, kept books and did whatever else was necessary to get the company off the ground.


Company Culture

Passion, Compassion, Dedication, Investment, and Innovation


In an area known for a family-centric culture with strong communities and hard workers, Acadian Ambulance grew out of our community’s need for emergency medical support and care. Commitment to our community, along with our love of the people within it, guided us in the beginning and is our driving force today.


Employee Stock Ownership Plan

Truly Invested in Acadian


In 1993, Acadian instituted an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), giving employees the opportunity to own private stock in the company. Today, Acadian employees currently own 80% of the company stock.


CAAS Accreditation

Encouraging and Promoting Quality Patient Care


In 1995, Acadian first earned accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services, a designation that represents the gold standard for the ambulance industry. In 2010, Texas operations were reviewed separately and also received CAAS accreditation.



Promoting Continued Growth


Cofounder Richard Zuschlag remains as the chairman & CEO. “We were determined to provide the best ambulance service possible,” he said. “We had a lot of help and support from Lafayette Parish officials and will forever remain grateful.”


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