VANCOUVER, Dec. 14 /CNW/ - 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.
Leonard Therrien, 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 Corporation's 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 of Mines. Bruce Ferguson, 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 plants. 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.
Michael McGinnis, 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, and skarns. 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, Colorado.
Bryan Bishop 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."
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On behalf of the Board of Directors, I look forward to keeping you updated with our corporate developments.
On behalf of the Board of Directors
Harry Barr, President & C.E.O.
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