ARDMORE, Okla. (KTEN) — Wednesday marked the grand opening of a new Air Evac Lifeteam facility in Ardmore.

The City of Ardmore paid for the construction of the much-needed upgrade to the air ambulance hangar at Downtown Executive Airport with $950,000 from the city's reserve management fund.

In return, Air Evac Lifeteam paid the city $175,000 and will continue to pay off the balance over the next 15 years.

The new building will help improve response and travel time.

"It's going to be great, because it'll give us all a little more pride, obviously, in what we do," said base clinical lead Brent Newton. "It's a clean facility; it has lots of advantages."

Because of its proximity to both Oklahoma City and Dallas-area hospitals, the Air Evac Lifeteam base in Ardmore is one of the organization's busiest locations in the country. 

Air Evac Lifeteam operates more than 140 bases in 15 states.