Ada County paramedic Mark Babson was named 2016 EMS Advocate of the Year by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians.
The award recognizes emergency medical services workers who educate and engage elected officials, the EMS community and health care community, and the public.
Babson has worked for Ada County Paramedics since 2005. He helped establish Community Health EMS (CHEMS) within Idaho, recognizing the role of community paramedics as health care providers.
An Ada County news release said Babson provides “EMS tours” to help local and state leaders learn about EMS by “experiencing” an emergency from dispatch to hospital ER.