Battalion Chief Herman Kuch Dies Herman F. Kuch, 74, retired head of the division of apparatus of the New York Fire Department’s repair shops, died February 19 at his home in Staten Island. Chief Kuch retired from the department in 1945 after forty-seven years service, during which he helped develop methods adopted by the department in 1937, for testing fire pumpers. He also supervised the building of a streamlined department ambulance with radio receiving set for police and fire alarms, in 1938. He was particularly well known to the fire service throughout the eastern seaboard and New England. Following his retirement, Chief Kuch was employed by a number of fire equipment manufacturers as consultant until bis final illness.