December 14, 2010. Vancouver, Canada --
Fire River Gold Corp. (TSX.V: FAU; OTCQX: FVGCF; FSE: FWR) (the
"Company") is pleased to announce the expansion of its management
team at the Nixon Fork Mine. Several key personnel have been recently
added to oversee construction of the cyanidation plant during the winter
and ready the mine for production next summer.
P.Eng joined the company in June 2010 as Mine
Superintendent (see 8 July 2010 news release)
and has recently been promoted to Mine Manager,
directing all activities at site. Mr. Therrien
is from the Marathon region of Ontario, where he
has worked these past 24 years. His last
assignment was as Mine Superintendent of Barrick
Gold Corporationʹs 800 tpd David Bell Mine,
where he managed all aspects of underground
production including production and maintenance
and managed a total crew of 140 workers. Mr.
Therrien is a licensed professional mining
engineer with a BSc from the South Dakota School
P. Eng has been hired as the Mill
Superintendent. Mr. Ferguson has had a blend of
operational, construction, and consulting
experience in his past. He has over ten years of
experience as a mill superintendent and an
additional ten years as senior metallurgist,
working with such companies as Procon Mining and
Tunneling, Antler Peak Gold, Wardrop, North
American Tungsten, Kappes Cassidy & Associates,
SNC Lavelin, and Echo Bay Minerals. Mr. Ferguson
has extensive experience in both the
construction and operation of cyanidation
He will act as Project Manager for the
construction of the Nixon Fork plant then assume responsibility for mill
operations. Mr. Ferguson is a licensed professional mill processing
engineer with a BASc from University of British Columbia.
CPG has joined the team as Chief Geologist. Mr.
McGinnis has extensive experience working in
Alaska on such projects as Donlin Creek and
Pebble. His 20+ years of experience covers all
aspects of exploration in senior positions with
such companies as Kobex Colorado Corp, Placer
Dome, and New Butte Mining, as over ten years as
a senior consultant for clients such as
Agnico-Eagle, Hecla, and Hunter Dickenson. Mr.
McGinnis is experienced in various styles of
gold mineralization, including epithermal and
Carlin-type deposits, Cu-Au-Mo porphyry systems,
Mr. McGinnis will manage the diamond
drilling program at site, manage the geological staff, and oversee all
exploration activities. He is a licensed professional geologist in the
State of Alaska, with a BSc degree in Geology from Fort Lewis College,
has been hired as mining engineer to develop the
mine plan for the Nixon Fork operation. Mr.
Bishop has nearly twenty years of experience
designing, evaluating, and planning underground
mines for such companies as Century Mining,
Denison Mines, Newmont, and Kinross. He has a
blend of engineering and hands-on operational
experience as an underground miner and mine
surveyor. Mr. Bishop has a BS in Mining
Engineering from the Montana College of Mineral
Science and Technology.
This team will continue to advance the Nixon
Fork Mine Project by completing the construction of a 250 tpd
cyanidation plant, managing a two-drill 28,000 m drilling program, and
preparing the mine for the eventual resumption of underground mining.
"We are pleased to have attracted such a competent core of professionals
to manage the program," commented Richard Goodwin, VP Mining, who
manages the overall project. "Good talent is hard to find in our
industry and we have been very fortunate to assemble such a competent
and experienced team."
Fire River Gold
Corp is a member of the International Metals Group.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I look forward to keeping you
updated with our corporate developments.
President and C.E.O.
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assessment of future plans and operations, may constitute forward-looking
statements under applicable securities laws and necessarily involve risks
associated with mining exploration and development, volatility of prices,
currency fluctuations, imprecision of resource estimates, environmental and
permitting risks, access to labour and services, competition from other
companies and ability to access sufficient capital. As a consequence, actual
results may differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking
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the disclosed targets will be reached nor that the proposed operations will be
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