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Acadian Ambulance Service

In 1971, Acadian Ambulance Service began operations in response to a sudden crisis. Communities around the country found themselves without emergency medical transportation when new federal regulations caused funeral homes to discontinue using their hearses for emergency transport.

These regulations went into effect at midnight on September 1, 1971. At 12:01 a.m., Acadian Ambulance began its Louisiana operations with three young co-founders, two ambulances, eight medics, and the parish of Lafayette.

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.”

The company had very humble beginnings as Richard 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.

Other parishes soon realized the importance of pre-hospital emergency care and invitations to serve came pouring in from surrounding areas. Today, Acadian Ambulance provides compassionate and highly skilled medical care to more than 20 million residents and covers almost 62,000 square miles, in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Our fleet of 500 ambulances transports 600,000 patients annually and travels 38 million miles each year, enough to circumnavigate
the earth 4.2 times each day.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think our operations would span three states, be so diversified  and have more than 4,000 employees,” Richard said. “Perhaps the greatest blessing has been the ability to attract good, loyal, hard-working people. They truly are the cornerstone of our success.”


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