Have you ever heard of the term 'knolling?' I hadn't, but it is apparently one of the hottest Instagram trends out there right now, and even emergency services are getting involved!

So knolling is a type of flat-lay photography, where different objects are arranged at 90-degree angles from each other, then photographed from above. The look is symmetrical and pleasing to the eye and allows people to see a variety of objects in a single picture; perfect for demonstrating equipment or an inventory, for example. The process has been further popularized through LEGO, where builders carefully arranged their bricks by shape, style and color before getting to work on construction.

Various emergency services around the world, from ambulance to police and rescue teams, are showing all the gear that they carry in their vehicles using this technique, and it is both informative and really cool! Scroll down below to check them out in action for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

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Sengkang Fire Station, Singapore

Sengkang Fire Station, Singapore

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Bernardita Valdés 4 weeks ago

That lonely firefighter tho :(

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Bored Panda spoke to Zuger Police, a Swiss police department based in the Canton of Zug, for a little insight on their daily lives fighting crime in this famously neutral and peaceful nation.

"Most of the equipment in our picture can be found in all of our police vehicles," a spokesperson told us. "For example forensic kits, breathalyzer test, photo case, 7 triopans, tourniquet, fire blanket, breathing mask, shoulder pads, helmet, luminous vest, first aid box, measuring tape, marking spray or a tow rope."

"In our 'doggy bus' there is also a dog bowl, a dog handler vest, a dog backpack and a dog cage which is installed in the back of the police vehicle."

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Firefighters From Kazerne Rotterdam-Frobenstraat, The Netherlands

Firefighters From Kazerne Rotterdam-Frobenstraat, The Netherlands

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John L 4 weeks ago

Puts a new spin on "action figures".

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#3

Switzerland Police

Switzerland Police

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Helenium 4 weeks ago

lol i love the dog lol

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"The police officers in the picture are both working for the security police. One of the police officers is also a dog handler. He's responsible for the training of the police dog Ike (in the picture). Ike is a guard dog."

"Currently 8 operational dogs are part of our police force. They are specialized as guard dogs, tracking dogs, narcotics-detection dogs or money-detecting dogs."


#4

Star Ambulances

Star Ambulances

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Nunya 4 weeks ago

Batteries not included. Some assembly required.

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#5

The Police In Neuchâtel, Switzerland

The Police In Neuchâtel, Switzerland

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Uwe Theiss 4 weeks ago

I like how they added a masked suspect :D

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Zuger Police tell us that, on the whole, Zug is a peaceful Canton (a Canton is like the Swiss version of a state), and that crime levels are low. Swiss police do carry weapons however - part of all police equipment includes a pistol.

Scroll down below to see other emergency services and their equipment in action!

#6

Geneva Fire And Rescue Service (Sis), Switzerland

Geneva Fire And Rescue Service (Sis), Switzerland

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Skubi Testa 4 weeks ago

I love that the people are arranged by size. So Swiss.

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#7

Contents Of A Boxer MRAV Of The Royal Netherlands Army 

Contents Of A Boxer MRAV Of The Royal Netherlands Army 

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Anna Ashley 4 weeks ago

I love the fact that I they laid down

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#8

Dutch Fire Truck

Dutch Fire Truck

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Isidien Gudmundsdottir 4 weeks ago

To be exact: From the province of Friesland which is in the North-East of The Netherlands.

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#9

Netherland's Emergency Services

Netherland's Emergency Services

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engineer_nope.avi 4 weeks ago

Simple, yet powerful

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#10

Julianadorp Beach Lifeguards, The Netherlands

Julianadorp Beach Lifeguards, The Netherlands

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Emily Ashcraft 4 weeks ago

so they always have a saved person in their truck? lol

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#11

KNRM Station Hoek Van Holland Lifeboat

KNRM Station Hoek Van Holland Lifeboat

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Joy Stowe 4 weeks ago

Nice boat!

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#12

Here's What Goes Into A New Zealand Police Car

Here's What Goes Into A New Zealand Police Car

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Brick 4 weeks ago

Specifically a highway patrol car, they are painted red over here

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#13

Dutch Ambulances

Dutch Ambulances

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Jeff 4 weeks ago

The guy on the left in the bottom picture looks super bored

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#14

Fire Department Entfelden-Muhen

Fire Department Entfelden-Muhen

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comboplush 4 weeks ago

That is neat.

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#15

Volunteer Fire Department Himberg

Volunteer Fire Department Himberg

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Miss D 4 weeks ago

I wonder how long it took them to lay everything out like this. ... and to put it all back in it's proper place!

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#16

Air Zermatt Swiss Rescue Team

Air Zermatt Swiss Rescue Team

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Rebecca Page 4 weeks ago

These guys are incredible.

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#17

Emergency Services Personnel

Emergency Services Personnel

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Tarryn Louise 4 weeks ago

Much respect for all, but this one would be a whole world of difficult.

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#18

Fejér County Highway Division, Hungary

Fejér County Highway Division, Hungary

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Kjorn 4 weeks ago

the riot gear seem like someone got roll over

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#19

The Capriasca Fire Corps

The Capriasca Fire Corps

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Roger Haywood 4 weeks ago

Now that is a lot of kit.

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#20

Netherland's Emergency Services

Netherland's Emergency Services

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Tim Crasborn 3 weeks ago

I'd say that boats usually in water...

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#21

Here's What's Inside A Swiss Police Car

Here's What's Inside A Swiss Police Car

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superwham all powerfull 4 weeks ago

they have 6 VLC media players

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#22

Firemen From Zurich

Firemen From Zurich

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Pretty Pangolin 4 weeks ago

I'd hate to have to put all that stuff back in the truck!

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#23

Emergency Services Personnel

Emergency Services Personnel

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Bonnie Blue Bird 4 weeks ago

Where's the pony!

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#24

The Contents Of A Dutch Police Car

The Contents Of A Dutch Police Car

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Blue Dragon 4 weeks ago

An American police car would have about 200 guns and an anti tank cannon

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#25

Geneva Fire Department, Switzerland

Geneva Fire Department, Switzerland

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Debster 4 weeks ago

Wow!

#26

TCPB Police, Taiwan

TCPB Police, Taiwan

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Shawn 4 weeks ago

Wow!! They fit a police bike in the police car? World class tetris players right there.

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#27

Rescue Brigades In Haaglanden

Rescue Brigades In Haaglanden

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John L 4 weeks ago

Victims, not included!

#28

French Fire Truck (The Firefighters Of Mazières)

French Fire Truck (The Firefighters Of Mazières)

BachalanyM Report

Lili Octopus 4 weeks ago

Neat and tidy layout

#29

Fejér County Highway Subdivision, Hungary

Fejér County Highway Subdivision, Hungary

police_hu Report

A B C 4 weeks ago

Anyone else being bothered by how they sorted the number cards 1-20?

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#30

Italian Firefighters

Italian Firefighters

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Mayson 4 weeks ago

They have costumes for various occasions)

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