LAFAYETTE – (PRESS RELEASE) At 12:01 a.m. on January 1, 2019, Acadian Ambulance will assume ground and air ambulance responsibilities in Ouachita Parish. The change in providers is a result of the Ouachita Council of Governments RFP process and selection.
“We are very excited to begin serving the citizens of Ouachita Parish,” said Acadian Ambulance Regional Vice President Michael Burney. “Working together with local hospitals, healthcare partners and first responders, we look forward to providing exceptional ground and air ambulance service and care to the residents of the parish.”
Acadian Ambulance brings a fleet of 19 ambulances dedicated to serving the parish. Four of the ambulances have critical care transport capabilities, and one ambulance is specialized for bariatric patients.
In addition, Acadian Air Med will base an EC-135 helicopter at the Monroe Regional Airport to serve the area. The helicopter is equipped for instrument flight rules (IFR) flight, making the aircraft less prone to weather delays and able to navigate safely in the dark.
Taylor Richard will serve as operations manager for Ouachita Parish. Richard has been with Acadian Ambulance for more than eight years and most recently served as operations coordinator in Dallas, Texas.
Acadian will have more than 90 employees in the parish in roles ranging from EMTs and paramedics to dispatchers, fleet maintenance and administration. Fifty-four of those employees join Acadian from AMR, the parish’s previous provider.
Acadian Ambulance is one of the largest ambulance services in the nation, offering emergency and nonemergency transportation to areas in Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and Tennessee.
Since 1971, Acadian Companies has been dedicated to providing the highest level of emergency medical care and transportation possible. The company has expanded to include a diverse suite of services designed to offer the very best support and education in health, safety, security, education and transportation.