Total Solutions for Halocarbon Fire Extinguishing Agents

A-Gas is a global market leader in the refrigerant, industrial gas and fire protection markets.

Our team are industry experts with a wealth of knowledge spanning decades. Our fire protection business is continuously growing within Australia and further afield (domestic and international services), and we pride ourselves on staying abreast of the changing regulatory environment with our agile products and services. A-Gas can assist commercial entities and government agencies worldwide. 

  • Fire Protection Needs

Fire Protection and Halon

  • Supply

    UL approved fire extinguishing agents used in special hazard systems like HFC-227ea, HFC-236fa, HFC -125 and Temper Products.

  • Lab Services

    testing of halons (NATA ISO 17025 accredited) and other halocarbon fire extinguishing agents (HFC-227ea), (HFC -125) to relevant ASTM and ISO standards. 

  • Environmental Services

    providing recovery, reclamation and disposal services for a range of halocarbon fire extinguishing agents. 

  • Consultancy

    providing consultancy in the best practise management of halocarbon fire extinguishing agents (Controlled Substance under national Ozone Protection legislation). 

About Halocarbons

Halocarbons are a family of manufactured molecules consisting of hydrogen, carbon, fluorine, chlorine, and/or bromine. The history of halocarbons, sometimes known as CFCs and Halons, is tied to the development of refrigeration.

Our team of experts are on hand to assist in every stage of the product lifecycle; from supply, to lab analysis, to recovery/reclamation, to safe environmental disposal.

We’re here to help. Get in touch today for a superior solution for your fire protection needs.

 

National Halon Bank

A‑Gas Australia is contracted to manage the National Halon Bank on behalf of the Australian Department of Environment & Energy. The facility safely collects, stores, recovers , reclaims and makes in spec halon 1211 and halon 1301 available to the fire protection industry for supplying essential use purposes (aviation, maritime, defence).

Halon recycling, reclaiming and other services

National Halon Collection Program

A-Gas manages the national halon collection program on behalf of the National Halon Bank. Collection includes surrendered portable halon extinguishers & fixed system fire suppression systems from local fire brigades, authorities, industry and businesses; this halon is taken to the National Halon Bank where it’s either recovered or sent off site for safe environmental disposal. 

To arrange the collection of halon from any Australian location, please call:

National Halon Bank free call number - 1800 658 084.

The A-Gas laboratory holds NATA accreditation (ISO 17025) for halon 1211 & halon 1301 analytical methods; it provides full analysis services to the National Halon Bank & the fire protection industry.

Testing is conducted to ISO 7201 and ASTM D 5362 standards.

FAQs Clean Agent Fire Protection & Halon

Whatever you need to know about halon we can help. Take a look at our frequently asked questions below. 

  • Halon is a class of halogenated chemicals containing bromine. When released to the atmosphere it has a high ozone depleting potential.  

    Halon is a fire suppressant agent found in both fire suppression systems (Halon 1301) and in hand held Fire Extinguishers (Halon 1211). This is the most effective extinguishing agent available. Halon is a non conductive, clean agent, which means it leaves no residue when used, so it causes little damage to your property. 

  • Halon is a liquefied, compressed gas that stops the spread of fire by chemically disrupting combustion. Halon is an effective fire suppressant for flammable liquids and electrical fires. However due to its ozone depletion potential under the Montreal Protocol, Halon is now banned except for ‘uses considered essential’ such as aircraft for the protection of crew compartments, engine nacelles, cargo bays and dry bays.

  • Halon was phase out of production under the Montreal Protocol in 1994 (developed countries) and production was permitted to 2009 (developing countries) - Article 5(1). Depending on the jurisdiction the use of Halon may be controlled and limited.

  • Halon is still used in a wide range of fire and combustion protection applications. From protecting computer rooms throughout the electronics industry, to numerous military applications on ships and heavily used in civil commercial aircraft.

  • Contrary to popular belief, Halon does not remove oxygen from the air, but rather reacts with all elements of a fire. When Halon is discharged, it breaks the chemical chain reaction. This accounts for most of its fire fighting properties. The other properties come from the cooling effect of the expanding gas. Because of this, Halon can be safely used in an occupied space.