CEES was established in the year 1992 by the merger of three erstwhile establishments viz. (i) DRDO Computer Centre, Delhi, (ii) Directorate of Explosives Safety, DRDO, HQ, and (iii) 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. CFEES comes under the Armament cluster of DRDO labs.
CFEES functions as an advisory and regulatory body for defence establishments for fire, explosive and environmental safety. It is the repository of expertise in the field of Fire Science, Explosive Safety, and Environmental Engineering & Monitoring. In order to strengthen and enrich the technological basis for the above functions, CFEES also carries out R & D projects and activities in these areas with the help of state-of-the-art laboratory facilities for experimental analysis and modeling. CFEES conducts Fire Fighting Training Programmes specifically designed for MoD personnel. The laboratory is certified as per International Quality Management Systems Standard ISO 9001:2000 by Standardization Testing and Quality Certification Services (STQC), Department of Information Technology (DIT), Government of India.