Katrina put Acadiana Ambulance to the test
Hurricane Katrina put Acadian Ambulance Service to its greatest test. As our medics cared for and evacuated hundreds of patients from New Orleans, we learned to make the impossible possible.
Reflecting on the storm a decade later, I’m left with a feeling of overwhelming gratitude. I have such great appreciation for our employees who went above and beyond the call of duty. Some had lost their own homes and possessions, but worked for days on end in circumstances we couldn’t have imagined, never losing sight of our mission.
We were privileged to work with first responders, other medical professionals and government leaders from across the nation. I’m so thankful for them and for the thousands of volunteers who gave their time to help our area when we needed it the most. Though we may never hear their stories, they are an indelible part of our area’s history and healing.
Though Katrina was the storm we had always feared, I’m grateful that Acadian could come to the aid of our region. Rest assured that the mission that guided us in 2005 remains the same today: Regardless of the storm or the situation, we are here to help where needed, to serve our communities and to save lives.
Richard E. Zuschlag
Chairman & CEO