Acadian Ambulance Celebrates 45 Years of ServiceAcadian Ambulance Service was founded by three young entrepreneurs on September 1, 1971, with two ambulances and eight medics, serving Lafayette Parish, Louisiana. Today, September 1, 2016, marks Acadian’s 45th anniversary.

Richard Zuschlag, Richard Sturlese and Roland Dugas recognized a need for an ambulance service at a time when funeral homes stopped providing ambulance transportation due to new federal regulations.

Today, Chairman & CEO Richard Zuschlag leads one of the nation’s largest privately owned ambulance companies. Acadian has more than 4,300 employees, 500 ambulances, 6 medical helicopters and 5 airplanes, and serves a population of more than 20 million residents in 34 Louisiana parishes, 37 Texas counties and Jackson County, Mississippi.

“From the start, we were committed to providing the best possible patient care and customer service,” said Zuschlag, also