Our advanced capabilities and vast resources provide the highest possible level of pre-hospital emergency care and disaster response to metropolitan areas and the most remote swamps and offshore facilities in the open Gulf. We are proud to serve more than half of Louisiana along with areas in Texas and Mississippi with the same quality of protection expected in America's largest cities.
While the company's history is rooted in ground and air ambulance service, we credit our subsidiary divisions for much of our continued success and diversity. Safety Management Systems, Acadian Total Security, National EMS Academy, and Executive Aircraft Charter all work to improve the health and lives of others, making Acadian a world-class service provider.
At the heart of our operation is the recruitment of dedicated, caring people, who are given the best ongoing training possible. Because of the remarkable dedication of our more than 4,000 employees, Acadian has won the highest honors in our industry.
The employee stock ownership program instituted in 1993 greatly enhances employee benefits. As employee owners, we all share in the company's future.
Our commitment to public service is reflected in our community education programs designed to better prepare citizens for emergency situations—from accident or sudden illness in the home to community disasters. Through excellence in emergency medical service, Acadian provides tangible, economic, and social benefits that extend beyond our total commitment to saving lives, ensuring the health and safety of our patients. Acadian will continue to provide a superior level of service that is recognized nationwide and known locally for our commitment to community.
And, we will continue to save lives...every day.
Richard E. Zuschlag