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!
Sengkang Fire Station, Singapore
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."
Firefighters From Kazerne Rotterdam-Frobenstraat, The Netherlands
"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."
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!
Dutch Fire Truck
Netherland's Emergency Services
Julianadorp Beach Lifeguards, The Netherlands
KNRM Station Hoek Van Holland Lifeboat
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Fire Department Entfelden-Muhen
Volunteer Fire Department Himberg
Air Zermatt Swiss Rescue Team
Emergency Services Personnel
Firemen From Zurich
Geneva Fire Department, Switzerland
Rescue Brigades In Haaglanden
French Fire Truck (The Firefighters Of Mazières)
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