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National EMS Academy Leadership


Kirk LaCour, Director of National EMS Academy

Kirk LaCour serves as director of the National EMS Academy, the training division of Acadian Ambulance Service. Kirk has been in the field of emergency medical services for 15 years and has worked as an EMT, paramedic, field training officer, EMS educator, and now is responsible for training all of Acadian Ambulance Service's EMTs and paramedics at nine campuses across Louisiana and Texas. He has associate degrees in emergency medical services and biology, bachelor's degrees in human medicine and health sciences, and an MBA from LSU in 2011. Kirk is also enrolled in law school at the Southern University School of Law in Baton Rouge, La.

Kirk has worked in all facets of public service, as a police officer, firefighter, paramedic, corrections officer, and most recently as a deputy coroner. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Business Honor Society, and the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society for Collegiate Schools of Business. Kirk completed the FEMA Professional Development Series of Emergency Management, and has worked as a training specialist for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Disaster Management System, and as the interim director of West Feliciana Parish Ambulance Service.


Charles Burnell, M.D., Chief Medical Officer

Charles Burnell, M.D., serves as lead over all associate medical directors across Acadian's service areas. Dr. Burnell reviews on-scene medical procedures and protocols between medics and emergency room physicians. He oversees training and continuing education programs at NEMSA, Acadian's wellness and quality enhancement programs, as well as Acadian's HSE program.

He is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine and is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Before becoming medical director, Dr. Burnell worked closely with Acadian for 16 years, including the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina where he served as the director of air transports of patients from the Superdome. Dr. Burnell graduated summa cum laude with degree in biochemistry at Louisiana State University.


Gifford Saravia, Education Manager

Gifford Saravia, education manager, has been involved in EMS since 1991, and has been a paramedic since 1994. Gifford oversees orientation, the American Heart Training Center, and the supervisory training program, ACES, for Acadian Companies. He is a graduate of Northwestern State University with a bachelor's degree in Unified Public Safety Administration, South Louisiana Community College with an associate's degree in applied science paramedic, Southern Technical College with an associate in electronics technology and the Moody Executive Institute at University of Louisiana at Lafayette.


Richard Belle, Continuing Education Manager

Richard Belle, continuing education manager, began his EMS career with Acadian in 1996 after completing paramedic training at Nicholls State University, earning a bachelor of science degree. He is responsible for the development, implementation, and tracking of education for Acadian.

Richard has worked throughout south Louisiana as a field medic, preceptor, and flight medic. He has been actively involved in EMS education since 1998 and is a cofounder of the National EMS Academy.


Greg Mullen, Dean of Students

Greg Mullen, dean of students, has been involved in EMS since 1980 and an EMS instructor since 1988. Greg oversees all EMT and paramedic training at National EMS Academy campuses in Louisiana and Texas. He has a bachelor's degree in human biology from the University of Northern Colorado and a master's degree in cardiovascular physiology.
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