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Our History


We began our operation in 1971 — a time of crisis in Lafayette, Louisiana — as the departure of funeral homes from the ambulance transportation field brought on a nationwide emergency due to new federal regulations.

In the midst of that crisis, Acadian Ambulance was established and trained the first emergency medical technicians (EMTs) in the state of Louisiana. Our two ambulances and eight employees served the 279 square miles of Lafayette Parish.


Our first membership drive enrolled 8,400 members. Returning Vietnam veterans with medic experience provided our initial source of manpower.

45 Years and Counting
More than four decades and six subsidiaries later, Acadian has grown to over 4,000 employees — ranging from nationally registered emergency medical technicians (NREMTs) and pilots to health and safety professional and support staff — over 450 ground ambulances, helicopters, fixed-wing airplanes, van/bus transports, and stations in parishes/counties spanning Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi.

Since its inception, Acadian has been recognized as one of the nation’s best emergency medical services in the industry. Our incorporation of the latest and greatest technology, superior service and innovation in the medical field has earned us honors and led to our tremendous growth.

 
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