Chief Ken Bouvier is a Nationally Registered Paramedic, known nationally and internationally as a professional EMS speaker.
He began his Fire & EMS career as a volunteer firefighter. He was hired by Monsanto in 1975 where he served as a career industrial firefighter until 1982 when he was promoted to Fire Chief & Gobal Hazardous Materials Team Leader until he retired in 2012 after serving 37 years.
While working at Monsanto, he also worked part-time for New Orleans EMS as an EMT / Paramedic. In 2012 he began working full-time at New Orleans EMS as the Deputy Chief of Operations where he served until he retired in March of 2019. Chief Bouvier while working at New Orleans EMS served as the commander of most New Orleans major events including Mardi Gras, Super Bowls 2002 & 2010 and was responsible for Commanding both New Orleans & Mutual Aid Ambulances after Hurricane Katrina.
Chief Bouvier is the recipient of the 1989 NAEMT National EMT of the Year Award, the 2008 Rocco V. Morando Lifetime Achievement Award and 2019 Louisiana Bureau of EMS Lifetime Achievement Award.
Chief Bouvier served as President of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians from 2004 – 2006. He is a Life Member of the Westwego Fire Department, Louisiana Firemens Association, NAEMT and is an Honorary Member of the Arkansas & Delaware EMT Associations.
Chief Bouvier has an extensive educational background in both Fire and EMS and has made written contributions in 14 EMS textbooks. He presently serves on the EMS World Editorial Advisory Board since 1998.
Today, Chief Bouvier continues to serve both Fire & EMS as a professional speaker & educator with 45+ years of experience and currently serves as the Hazardous Materials & Medical Officer for the Westwego Volunteer Fire Department.