Who We Are

MGS TECH was formed by Matt Stroud in August of 2006. Matt was on a dive trip in Mexico where he met two Firefighters from Oklahoma. While discussing the subject of Hybrid vehicle safety, the Firefighters voiced concerns regarding their lack of knowledge & training about these vehicles. Surprised there weren’t resources in place to supply this information, the research to develop the first Hybrid Response Guide (HRG) began in 2007 and has evolved into the comprehensive Vehicle Crash Card (VCC), Vehicle Incident Command Board (VICB) and Hybrid/New Vehicle Technology for First Responders Course available today.

Since that time, Matt and the MGS TECH team have made it their mission to inform & teach emergency responders to safely manage Hybrid/New Technology vehicle incident scenes.

Matt Stroud, a 22 year veteran of Toyota Motor Corporation as a Master Diagnostic Technician, is currently teaching in the automotive program at Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland, WA. Due to heavy demand from the fire service, MGS TECH was founded in 2007 with the goal to teach Firefighters/EMS personnel how to safely manage Hybrid and new technology vehicle incidents. In addition to his extensive automotive background, Matt has completed multiple extrication courses, giving him a strong knowledge base of fire tactics & terminologies. Courses completed include: Extrication.com 40-hour course (Ron Shaw-Massachusetts), Big-Rig Extrication Course (Billy Leach-Big Rig Rescue), Advanced Extrication Course Corona Auto X (LN Curtis & Corona FD), Advanced Extrication Course (Lee Junkins-Mid South Rescue-Texas), Advanced Incident Commander Course (Mike Smith-Tacoma College). Contact:| 206.795.1561
Paul Bindon is an ASE Master Certified Auto Technician with over 23 years experience in the automotive field. He has been employed with Lexus Dealerships for the last 16 years, receiving both Master Diagnostic Specialist and Hybrid certification through factory training in the latest automotive technologies. Paul joined MGS TECH in 2008 as a Research Specialist and Instructor and now fills the role of Vice President for the company. He has completed extrication training at the Corona Auto X seminar. Using his expertise in the automotive field, Paul composes a regular series of articles about all aspects of new vehicle technology and how it relates to the duties of a first responder. These articles can be read at Fire Engineering Magazine and here on the MGS Tech website.