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Nationally Recognized Service

Acadian Companies

What began as a small ambulance company has expanded to include a diverse suite of services designed to offer the very best support and education in health, safety and transportation. Our company’s six divisions — Acadian Ambulance ServiceAcadian Air MedExecutive Aircraft Charter ServiceAcadian Total SecurityNational EMS Academy and Safety Management Systems — offer diverse career opportunities.

REZ on pontiac 1971

Company History

Knowing Life Matters Since 1971

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

Acadian Nurse and Child Patient

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.

2019 Board of Directors BOD


Promoting Continued Growth

Co-founder 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.”

emergency ambulance team


Servicing 72 counties and parishes throughout Louisiana, Texas, Tennessee and Mississippi.

Acadian Ambulance began operations more than 50 years ago, covering less than 300 square miles of Lafayette Parish, to fill a dire need of emergency medical transportation. Thanks to the drive and tenacity of our three founders and eight original medics, Acadian has evolved into a multi-faceted company with a global reach.

Richard and Elaine Zuschlag recognized by Community Foundation of Acadiana

Awards & Recognition

Growth, Diversification, and Commitment to Excellence

Because of the remarkable dedication of our employee-owners, Acadian Ambulance and its sister subsidiaries have won the highest honors in our industry. Our growth, diversification, and commitment to excellence has garnered our company international acclaim and recognition by the American Ambulance Association, the U.S. Senate, Microsoft founder and author Bill Gates, Inc. magazine, and even the Smithsonian Institution.

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In Memoriam

Remembering Those We’ve Lost

At Acadian, we consider our more than 4,000 employees family. And, when we experience a fallen comrade, it affects us all. We pay tribute to them and the contributions they made to Acadian.

MOY 2019 Award

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.

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