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Administration Leadership
Kirk Lacour, Director of National EMS Academy

Kirk Lacour serves as director of the National EMS Academy, the training division of Acadian Ambulance Service. Kirk has been in the field of emergency medical services for 15 years and has worked as an EMT, paramedic, field training officer, EMS educator, and now is responsible for training all of Acadian Ambulance Service's EMTs and paramedics at nine campuses across Louisiana and Texas. He has associate degrees in emergency medical services and biology, bachelor's degrees in human medicine and health sciences, and an MBA from LSU in 2011. Kirk is also enrolled in law school at the Southern University School of Law in Baton Rouge, La.

Kirk has worked in all facets of public service, as a police officer, firefighter, paramedic, corrections officer, and most recently as a deputy coroner. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Business Honor Society, and the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society for Collegiate Schools of Business. Kirk completed the FEMA Professional Development Series of Emergency Management, and has worked as a training specialist for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Disaster Management System, and as the interim director of West Feliciana Parish Ambulance Service.

Gifford Saravia, Education Manager

Gifford Saravia, education manager, has been involved in EMS since 1991, and has been a paramedic since 1994. Gifford oversees orientation, the American Heart Training Center, and the supervisory training program, ACES, for Acadian Companies. He is a graduate of Northwestern State University with a bachelor's degree in Unified Public Safety Administration, South Louisiana Community College with an associate's degree in applied science paramedic, Southern Technical College with an associate in electronics technology and the Moody Executive Institute at University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Richard Belle, Continuing Education Manager

Richard Belle, continuing education manager, began his EMS career with Acadian in 1996 after completing paramedic training at Nicholls State University, earning a bachelor of science degree. He is responsible for the development, implementation, and tracking of education for Acadian.

Richard has worked throughout south Louisiana as a field medic, preceptor, and flight medic. He has been actively involved in EMS education since 1998 and is a cofounder of the National EMS Academy.

In addition to his Acadian responsibilities, he is a father of three children, national speaker and published author of textbooks and other EMS education materials.

Greg Mullen, EMS Program Manager

Greg Mullen, EMS program manager, has been involved in EMS since 1980 and an EMS instructor since 1988. Greg oversees all EMT and paramedic training at National EMS Academy campuses in Louisiana and Texas. He has a bachelor's degree in human biology from the University of Northern Colorado and a master's degree in cardiovascular physiology.

Charles Burnell, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Lafayette/Lake Charles

Charles Burnell, M.D., serves as lead over all associate medical directors across Acadian's service areas. Dr. Burnell reviews on-scene medical procedures and protocols between medics and emergency room physicians. He oversees training and continuing education programs at NEMSA, Acadian's wellness and quality enhancement programs, as well as Acadian's HSE program. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine and is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Before becoming medical director, Dr. Burnell worked closely with Acadian for 16 years, including the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina where he served as the director of air transports of patients from the Superdome. Dr. Burnell graduated summa cum laude with degree in biochemistry at Louisiana State University.

Rosemary St. Clergy, M.D., Medical Director, Alexandria

Michael Loewe, M.D., Medical Director, Baton Rouge

Fredro Knight, M.D., Medical Director, Covington

Donald Thibodaux, M.D., Medical Director, Houma

Dr. Donald Thibodaux's background in emergency and occupational medicine provides an advantage in understanding OSHA incident classifications and their effects on the oil & gas industry. He is on 24-hour call for emergency physician consultations, and helps teach clinical extension courses and training sessions with our team to ensure the highest quality emergency medical response in the Gulf of Mexico.

A graduate of Nicholls State University, Dr. Thibodaux received his bachelor's degree in chemistry before attending LSU Medical Center in New Orleans. After completing his emergency medicine residency at Charity Hospital at New Orleans, he spent 20 years practicing hospital-based emergency medicine in Houma, Louisiana.

Emily Kidd, M.D., Medical Director, Beaumont/Austin

Dr. Emily Kidd, Acadian's Texas medical director, oversees the company’s clinical operations throughout the state. She has an extensive background in clinical Emergency Medicine and EMS and serves as the assistant medical director for the San Antonio Fire Department and the assistant medical director for the Houston Fire Department’s Division of EMS. Dr. Kidd is a also member on the Texas Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council (GETAC) Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Committee and the Federal Emergency Management Agency National Advisory Council.

Dr. Kidd is double-board certified in Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. She is an assistant professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Department of Emergency Health Sciences, at San Antonio.

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