WEST Yorkshire firefighters have won praise for their efforts in helping drive down firework-related incidents over last year's bonfire period.
Crews launched a major safety campaign on the back of tighter firework laws.
Links were made with trading standards and schools in the drive.
It resulted in 44% fewer complaints about fireworks between October last year and January this year.
Emergency calls in the first 10 days of November tumbled from 3,598 in 2003 to 3,147.
Kirklees councillor Gordon Beever, who chairs the fire authority finance and best value committee, said it was a remarkable achievement.
But he warned regulations alone could not change people's behaviour overnight.