In 1971, amidst a nationwide emergency regarding ambulance transportation, Acadian Ambulance was established and trained the first Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) in the state of Louisiana. Our two ambulances and eight employees served the 279 square miles of Lafayette Parish with an operating budget of $190,000. Returning Vietnam veterans with medic experience provided our initial source of manpower.
The first membership drive enrolled 8,400 members.
Acadian Ambulance has always been recognized as one of the nation's best in its field. Our incorporation of the innovative technology and superior service in the medical field has earned us honors and led to our tremendous expansion. Today, Acadian operates over 500 ambulances, helicopters, and fixed wing aircraft to service areas across Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
In 2016, Acadian Ambulance celebrated our 45th anniversary, Acadian Air Med celebrates 35 years, and Acadian’s Texas operations mark 10 years. We owe much of our success over the past 46 years to our membership.