What started out in 1971 as a small ambulance company in Lafayette, Louisiana, has exploded into a multi-faceted, globally reaching company.
Today, Acadian has more than 4,000 employees — ranging from Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technicians and pilots to health, safety, and security professional and support staff. The Acadian fleet includes more than 400 ground ambulances, helicopters, and fixed-wing aircraft.
Despite our rapid and vast progress, our mission remains the same: to improve the lives of our patients, customers, and employees through our
innovative spirit and diversity.
Our vision is for the name “Acadian” to be synonymous with the best health and safety services in the nation, and the world.
Acadian Ambulance Service Acadian Ambulance Service began operations in 1971, 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 279 square miles of Lafayette Parish to cover.
Air Med ServicesSurrounding parishes became interested in having Acadian Ambulance’s pre-hospital emergency care and soon invitations to serve came pouring in from other areas. Louisiana's diverse geography of rich swamps and marshlands, and extensive rural areas, made navigation in a ground ambulance an often daunting, or even impossible, task.
To address this challenge, Acadian Ambulance expanded to include Air Med Services in 1981, which hosted the first helicopter in Lafayette. This allowed Acadian Ambulance to quickly access onshore and offshore emergency situations.
By 1989, Air Med had also acquired fixed wing aircraft for extended emergency and non-emergency air medical transports.
Executive Aircraft Charter Service
Eventually the fixed wing fleet of Air Med would progress into Executive Aircraft Charter Service; since only a handful of air medical flights are scheduled per week, the interior of the aircraft can be easily reconfigured and utilized for business or pleasure flights throughout North America.
Safety Management Systems
At its inception, Air Med was the first aero-medical provider in the Gulf of Mexico with helicopters equipped like a hospital emergency room and flight paramedics. This vastly enhanced the safety of offshore workers and it wasn't long before Acadian also began providing contract medics to work shifts on oil installations offshore.
The duality of these developments led to partnerships with the oil & gas companies, which in turn evolved into Safety Management Systems, Acadian’s health, safety, environmental, medical, security and training service company.
Today, SMS is one of the largest providers of these services in the industry and caters to an array of industrial safety needs, such as: safety and regulatory compliance training, health and wellness testing and specialized programs, and remote paramedics.
Acadian Monitoring ServicesWhen Acadian began in the 1970s, emergency communications were primitive, at best. Within the next 10 years, Acadian established a nationally respected dispatch center that became recognized as an industry leader in emergency communications.
Through the use of their state-of-the art technology, communication center, and highly trained dispatchers, Acadian Monitoring Services was born in 1991 as Acadian On Call. Acadian Monitoring Services currently offers personal medical alerts, mobile monitoring, GPS tracking and fleet safety services, advanced video security services, access control, security monitoring, and telehealth monitoring through three, highly sophisticated call centers.
National EMS Academy Because most ambulance services were unregulated before 1970, Acadian became a pioneer when first training EMTs. Acadian’s 700-hour National Registry paramedic course was one of the first of its kind offered in Louisiana. In-house EMS education continued over the next three decades as Acadian’s medical education department trained medics and offered the continuing education hours EMTs needed to recertify.
However, along with the growth of the company came a corresponding shortage of paramedics. With this in mind, the National EMS Academy was launched in 2003 through collaboration with South Louisiana Community College, so Acadian could educate its own medics.