While John Green’s father worked as a biologist for the Texas Parks and Wildlife near Austin, Green found the caves as his playground which he never outgrew.
Green became a fireman at the age of 23 where he served 27 years at the Austin Fire Department. He took every opportunity to advance his training. His certifications include, in part, Wilderness EMT, swift water training, Urban Search And Rescue team and tower rescue.
Green was part of the rescue team during Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Ike, several tornados and urban caving. He said, “The fire departments are looked upon as the rescue team because they are the problem solvers.”
One time he tried to get on the rope rescue team only to be passed up. Oddly enough, Green would be the one to train people to become part of the rope rescue team.