Images of Blue Mountains residents fleeing their homes as bushfires bore down brought back a wash of emotions for Black Saturday survivor Dave Stirling.
He remembers all too well the feelings of panic and fear that engulfed him as a blaze tore through the Victorian mountain town of Marysville on February 7, 2009.
He lost friends, livelihood and home.
"Just watching that video clip, certainly it's pretty emotional for someone like myself and our community and I suppose the whole Victorian community who witnessed the 2009 fires," Mr Stirling said on Friday.
But the chairman of the Marysville Chamber of Commerce also recalls his gratitude knowing all Australians were thinking of them as they dealt with the disaster.
"I think that was the biggest thing even to this day, the overwhelming feeling of support from far and wide," he said.
"Emotionally, I think it's important."
Mr Stirling joined Victorian fire authorities and charities in Federation Square on Friday to call on Victorians to send messages of support and financial donations to the victims of the NSW bushfires.
The messages are being flashed on the big screen at Fed Square for the next few days and will be collated and sent to the Blue Mountains communities.
"I certainly hope and wish all those communities the very, very best and anything I can do personally I certainly would more than happily lend our support far and wide," Mr Stirling said.
City of Blue Mountains mayor Mark Greenhill thanked Victorians for their support.
"Our hearts went out to the people of Victoria during the Black Saturday bushfire crisis," he said in a video message played on the big screen.
"We felt your solidarity in recent days as we confronted our own bushfire crisis.
"When I saw the CFA volunteers driving in to the Blue Mountains I knew that you were with us.
"During our recent travails Australia felt like one very close nation and we would like to thank the people of Victoria for being there for the people of the Blue Mountains during these tough times."
Victorian Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley said Victorians had big hearts and it was time to think about what they could give.
"The Blue Mountains communities need support and we will give our energy in Victoria to make sure they get that support," he said.