Jul 26, 2014 1:34 PM by AP
HOUMA, La. (AP) - Emergency services provider Acadian Ambulance says its calls in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes are rising.
A company spokeswoman told The Courier average daily patient transports in Terrebonne increased from about 32 in 2009 to about 36 in 2013. In neighboring Lafourche, the daily average rose to about 15 from about 12 during the same period.
According to U.S. Census data, the population of both parishes rose slightly during the four-year period.
Terrebonne recorded a higher percentage of emergency calls than Lafourche in the first half of 2013, Acadian spokeswoman Julie Mahfouz said.
She said statistics for the period showed 82 percent of calls in Terrebonne were emergencies and Acadian handled a daily average of 32 patients. In neighboring Lafourche, 75 percent of calls were emergencies and the company carried an average of 24 patients daily.
"Trauma calls such as falls, motor vehicle crashes lead the pack with assaults occurring frequently, but not prevalently. Gunshot wounds and stabbings are infrequent," she said.
Acadian Ambulance provides service in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi.