Mission & Goals

MatchBook is a professional journal developed with the goal of providing current practical and reliable information and resources to the diverse professional groups engaged in youth firesetting intervention.


Fire Services Goals

Understand the character of the youth firesetting problem in your community. Every fire agency should strive to understand the risk in their community based on the reality of their response services.

  • Understand the character of the youth firesetting problem in your community. Every fire agency should strive to understand the risk in their community based on the reality of their response services.
  • Serve as a resource to the community for all issues related to fire. This does not necessarily suggest that a program must be housed within a fire agency, rather, being part of a coalition in any capacity and serving as a community resource to that coalition or program is critical.
  • Provide staffing commensurate to the problems and service needs to the community. The fire service should strive to meet the community need by reducing the emergencies that call fire agencies to service. This can only be done by dedicating prevention efforts (and necessary staffing) to those areas of need.
  • Provide long-term dedication to prevention programming. Prevention programs can show change immediately but most often it is a gradual change that must be measured over a period of years. The only way to recognize this type of community impact is through long-term dedication to the program.
  • Recognize prevention as a necessary discipline in the fire service. Emergency response services will always be needed. However, a great deal of time and resources can be saved through the prevention of emergencies.

Mental Health’s Goals

  • To increase awareness in national and international professional organizations on the scope, nature, and extent of youth firesetting and the need to systemic improvements in training, intervention, and research practice.
  • To create more easy access to credible and evidenced based information on the assessment and treatment of firesetting behavior among children and adolescents.
  • To provide increased training and professional development opportunities for practicing professionals.
  • To provide opportunities for collaboration in research and data sharing projects among mental health professionals.
  • To encourage the dissemination of published information, in both website and journal format, on current advancements in the assessment, treatment, and understanding of child and adolescent firesetting.

Juvenile Justice Goals

Communicate between state Juvenile Justice Departments and across disciplines to find best practices for dealing with youth firesetters.

  • Increase awareness of youth firesetting as a behavior between Juvenile Justice professionals.
  • Promote youth firesetting treatment programs within the court system.
  • Communicate between state Juvenile Justice Departments and across disciplines to find best practices for dealing with youth firesetters.

Pediatric Burn Care Goals

Facilitate training of mental health and health professionals on the evaluation and treatment of JFS

  • Develop a better understanding of the behavior.
  • Consider and support the family system.
  • Teach and train life skills that are specific to firesetting but also that can be applied to coping with life challenges more generally.
  • Research
  • Educate other systems about the complexity of this behavior.
  • Contribute to the updating of JFS literature and understanding of firesetting.
  • Facilitate training of mental health and health professionals on the evaluation and treatment of JFS.

Schools Goals

Find the best way to communicate with other involved professional disciplines to enhance school’s fire education.

  • Post curriculum suggestions and use MatchBook as a space for sharing fire education ideas.
  • Find the best way to communicate with other involved professional disciplines to enhance school’s fire education.
  • Jumpstart a working relationship and discussion with other disciplines so to best solve problems in schools as they arise.
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