ORANGE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Orange County Fire and Rescue is celebrating a brand new space that will help improve its service to all parts of the county.

On Tuesday afternoon, the fire and EMS team officially opened its new location on Berry Hill Road with a "push back" ceremony. As part of fire service tradition, people helped the crew push an ambulance into the station."

The building was previously used by the rescue squad, but has been vacant for the past two years.

"About two years ago, the department had to move down to the airport which took us about five minutes away from the town," said Chief Nathan Mort. "The town of Orange and the surrounding area is our highest call volume area so even though five minutes doesn't seem like a lot of time, it someone's having a heart attack or an overdose, five minutes means the world."

Orange County Fire and Rescue answers close to 5,500 calls every year. The new space - which will house medic units - will be one of four stations in the county.