CEES was established in the year 1992 by the merger of three erstwhile establishments viz.
- DRDO Computer Centre, Delhi,
- Directorate of Explosives Safety, DRDO, HQ, and
- Fire Adviser’s Office DRDO, HQ.
In year 2000, another DRDO Lab ‘Defence Institute of Fire Research (DIFR)’ was merged with CEES. The establishment was re-named as CFEES (Centre for Fire, Explosive & Environment Safety) in 2003 to emphasize the key role of Fire Science of this lab.