Chief Bouvier is a Nationally Registered Paramedic, known nationally and internationally as a professional EMS speaker and retired Fire Chief and Deputy Chief of EMS.
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 1984, when he was promoted to Fire Chief & Global Hazardous Materials Team Leader until he retired in 2012 after serving 37 years. While working at Monsanto, he coincidingly worked part-time for New Orleans EMS as an EMT & Paramedic until 2012 when he began working full-time as the Deputy Chief of Operations where he served until he retired in March of 2019.
Chief Bouvier served as the EMS Commander of most New Orleans major events including Mardi Gras, 2002 & 2010 Super Bowls and was responsible for Commanding both New Orleans & Mutual Aid Ambulances post Hurricane Katrina. Chief Bouvier was responsible for managing the EMS crews and was featured on the A&E Television Show NIGHTWATCH. 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 Firemen’s Association and NAEMT.
He is an Honorary Member of the Arkansas & Delaware EMT Associations and a member of the Louisiana Fire Chief’s Association. 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 46+ years of experience and currently serves as the Hazardous Materials Officer for the Westwego, Louisiana Volunteer Fire Department.