Assistant Chief Hoppel is a 30-year member of Emergency Services. He began his career in 1991 dispatching for the fire, ambulance, and law enforcement divisions for the City of Laurel, Montana. He then became a full-time police officer in 1993, until promoted to Field Training Officer. Chief Hoppel joined the Billings Fire Department in January 1998, serving through the ranks of Firefighter, Engineer, Captain, Deputy Fire Marshall, Training Chief, and Battalion Chief. Much of his career has been dedicated to serving in various roles in training. His love for training and being an instructor is what has kept him involved in the Department. Chief Hoppel is a member of the International Society Fire Service Instructors and has actively pursued all activities that can help the Society's mission. He currently serves on the Board of Directors, Executive Board, and Director at Large for the Society. Hoppel also serves on the Board of Directors for the Montana Fire Chiefs Association.
He is married and has three grown children that currently attend Montana State University in Billings.